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Documentary Traces History and Shortcomings of the Landfill

We encourage our families and neighbors to get a big, blue recycle bin of their very own and scoff at those who absentmindedly toss their plastic...


We encourage our families and neighbors to get a big, blue recycle bin of their very own and scoff at those who absentmindedly toss their plastic Coke bottles into the garbage can, but once the trash leaves the curb, is there really any assurance that all of the materials will be reprocessed? And what about the mass amounts of garbage we dispose of every day, from Kleenex to fast food containers to shoe boxes, where do they go? A documentary posted today on Treehugger goes beyond the curb and follows our trash all the way to the overflowing landfill:
Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage is a mini documentary exploring dumps and our trashy habits, and shows some of the fascinating evolution behind the modern landfill, including how machinery took over dumps and changed the way we deal with trash - not necessarily for the better.
The 20-minute documentary challenges the propensity towards an "out of sight, out of mind" mentality, and will hopefully make viewers reevaluate their trash. Head over to Treehugger to check out the full video.Screenshot via Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage
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