A massive landfill caught fire during a scorching heat wave in India on April 27, 2022. The landfill is taller than a 17-story building and covers an area bigger than 50 football fields.
Toxic smoke hung over New Delhi for days after the landfill caught fire, forcing people to endure hazardous conditions.
South Asia, including India, is experiencing a record-shattering heat wave that experts say was a catalyst for the landfill fire. Three other landfills around New Delhi have also caught fire in recent weeks.
Global warming, the Green New Deal, climate change – whatever you choose to call it – is merely human negligence, human waste, and ignorance – and it’s making people sick. Before we adopt drastic, incorrect, and expensive new energy laws or mandate another lockdown from another pandemic, or let’s solve this problem first.
We might not need new laws or mandates.
This Indian landfill fire could have been avoided because everything we put into landfills can be recycled – everything! When we dump our waste into a hole in the ground, the toxic trash seeps into our soil and water – and when these landfills catch fire, we breath in these toxins.
This large Indian landfill was planned for closure more than 10-years ago, but it obviously has never been closed. By 2022, more than 2,300 tons of the city’s garbage is still being dumped there every day. The organic waste in the landfill decays, too, and this builds-up highly combustible methane gas.
World leaders blame cow farts and SUVs for the increase in toxic methane levels in the atmosphere, but they must consider that the source of our environmental health problems may be toxic landfills piercing holes in the Earth’s crust all over the world.
Let’s fix this problem before we cull all the dairy cows and triple the price of our food, you think?
- Canada’s total waste generation is the largest in the entire world. It has an estimated annual waste total of 1,325,480,289 metric tons.
New York is the world’s most wasteful city. New York uses the most energy, disposes of the most trash (33m tonnes per year), and uses the most water.
- Americans generate a huge amount of waste with an estimated 4.5 pounds of municipal solid waste per person per day, of which 55% is residential garbage.
No one – no one – is considering the fact that our dirty and irresponsible waste disposal is a cause of disease. So, let’s turn our focus to other ways we can clean up polluting our cities and our local home environments before we make “Green New Deals” or dictate more masked lockdowns that aren’t addressing the real issues.
Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash, and many times we can turn them into new products.
We can recycle many types of things:
We need to be more responsible recycling medical wastes. Hospital waste is considered one of the most complex waste streams of any industry, and they produce a phenomenal amount of waste.
Healthcare waste can be contaminated by blood, body fluids or other potentially infectious materials. The disposal is highly regulated, but this trash still winds up in the landfill and none is recycled.
Biomedical waste is dumped into the ocean, where it eventually washes on shore, and simply dumped into landfills due to improper sorting or negligence. Improper disposal leads to many diseases in both animals and humans.
Do your best to recycle everything, including composting your dinner left-overs. Let’s be responsible and address the myriad effects of human pollution (that can be easily fixed), such as recycling our trash before we get mislead into bogus Green New Deals or another pandemic!
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