Landfills – methane factories that contribute to global warming

Landfills – methane factories that contribute to global warming

Landfills are unclean and not exactly scenic, we know that. Did you know however, that they are also living, breathing producers of Methane gas, a major factor behind the greenhouse effect?

Baddies like decomposing rubbish, old batteries and rusting metal, when brought together and left to lie, create a destructive force. Greenhouse gases, one of the major culprits behind global warming and climate change recieve daily donations from landfills the world over, as landfills emit levels of Methane that have astounded scientists everywhere.

This need not be the case however, in fact, we could even make landfills work to our advantage. Aside from actively reducing how quickly the fill up with rubbish, by reducing, reusing and recycling, the ones that have been created can actually be used for energy, with the application of technology and a little will power. This Methane gas can actually be considered a resource in itself and if it is collected, it can be used to provide energy, meaning it doesn’t contribute to global warming and it cuts down on the need to use fossil fuels and other energy resources.

Landfill gas can actually be used to fuel boilers, engines, or other technologies. The technology to do so already exists, it’s just a matter of making it mainstream. In addition, the amount of gas generated from landfills can be reduced by disposing of our waste in better ways. For example, organic rubbish should be diverted to composting facilities or waste to energy setups. Plastics can be recycled as can metals and a whole host of other materials. If you think sorting out your rubbish into separate piles is a waste of time, think again. 

Waste will continue to build up, with the world’s population growing as it is, this is a certainty. We may not be able to stop landfills forever, so it makes sense to look at them in a different way. By searching each and every source of pollution for ways to cut back and improve, we can start to turn things around.  It’s about being clever and thinking outside the box – it’s an opportunity.

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