Above, one of three mounds at the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Waterloo, NY, as seen from the west side of Seneca Lake approximately eight miles away (through a telephoto lens). Credit: Kevin Colton, HWS.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Informed Citizenry

For many Geneva residents, and others who live in similar cities around the United States, this is the last place where they will see their garbage. This picture was taken last Tuesday at my off campus house following Geneva's trash removal day. The process of collecting our trash is simple - a garbage truck takes our garbage every Tuesday (recycling every other Tuesday) and we pay Casella every three months.

It is clear that our mass production/mass consumption society has little connection with the materials we buy, which only makes throwing things away that much easier. What is interesting to think about is if more Americans, including my housemates and I, had greater knowledge about where our garbage was going, and how it is effecting the enviroment, could we possibly bridge the gap between our consumption, and the disposal of such materials?

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