In 2010, 250 million tons of trash were created in the United States and 85 million tons were recycled, according to the EPA. That means 165 million tons of trash had to go somewhere, and much of it went to landfills. On an average day, the country’s largest landfills can receive up to 9,000 tons of waste, each. Although many of these landfills cover large areas, they do have limited lifespans. So what happens when a landfill reaches the end of its operational life? Earth911 has compiled a list of landfills that have been repurposed for new uses, and believe it or not many of them take sustainability and eco-consciousness into consideration.
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