Sunday, February 6, 2011
These photos are both from the local dump in my hometown of Rockport, MA. Rockport is a very small town on the coast of MA with only about 6,500 residents. Our dump has the capacity to handle the moderate amount of waste produced by the residents of the town, which is why we are still able to have a sustainable local dump. During one of our classes, we briefly discussed how local dumps are rare and are fading from most towns across the country because the waste is increasing to the point where small dumps are not possible any longer. Before taking this course I was unaware of how unique the dump in Rockport really is. Only residents from my town are permitted to use the dump and the majority of the waste is buried in a small landfill, which is right on site. The waste that our dump is not authorized to take is trucked away to a much larger landfill site right outside of Boston, which is 45 minutes from our town. Through the reading we have done in Garbage Land so far, I have learned that tracking your trash is usually a daunting task. For me however, it is very different. I am aware of where my garbage is going because it is all local. Having a local dump makes garbage more apparent. This is because residents literally watch the amount of trash produced by your family and neighbors. This gives the incentive to produce less, because it is disposed of on site and your friends neighbors are aware of how much you and your family are dumping. A local dump changes the perspective of garbage because it eliminates the "away" factor that usually conceals the garbage you produce.