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A site where solid non-hazardous municipal waste is disposed
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Designing and operating a modern landfill are enough of a science that Waste Management has established its own Landfill University for company personnel.
Although many people object to landfill disposal, modern landfills are designed and operated to have minimal discharges to the environment.
The answer, "Yes -- modern landfills protect our underground water supplies," could have been scripted by the industry itself.
While no method of MSW management is risk-free, modern landfills and incinerators certainly are low-risk.
Following that landmark legislation, larger and more modern landfills were built throughout the nation.
The hill of waste, which once measured 58 meters high and covered 6 hectares of space, was recently turned into three modern landfills.
But modern landfills actually are designed to minimize the breakdown of waste, so contrary to popular public belief, most garbage does not readily biodegrade in them.
There is proof from the University of Arizona Garbage Project that pulp and paper products do not degrade in modern landfills.
Very little waste discarded in today's modern landfills biodegrades, especially Styrofoam and we don't want to add to this growing problem.
Lastly, since the end of the 1980s, the Group operates two of the world's largest and most modern landfills at Hong Kong.

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