Landfills as Wildlife Habitat?

I was watching the garbage trucks roll into our neighborhood this morning and noticed something interesting.

On a Waste Management Truck, it said these words: our landfills provide more than 17,000 acres of protected habitat for wildlife!

Checking their website, there was more: 33 landfills are certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council.

I suppose that it's true. Think of all the food waste in the landfills. Surely, some if it rots, but there is an entire ecosystem surviving on our wastefulness.

Still 17,000 acres of landfill concerns me, but knowing that Wildlife is surviving (and perhaps thriving) in a protected habitat is encouraging.


11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Haven't you seen all the birds swarming the dumps? They live there.

ApachesPrincess said...

I is cringe worthy thinking about that...17,000 acres.....however, like you said, it does make me feel a bit better knowing that they are doing some good!

Lisa said...

That's really great, I guess, but it feels...wrong...for some reason.

One man's waste is another animals treasure!

Lisa @
All That and a Box of Rocks

Angela said...

LOL Lisa, I love that "one man's waste is another animal's treasure." Very well said!

A. Thomas said...

The landfill garbage is sealed and then several layers of soil are placed on top and plants are grown on that. In a closed landfill the wildlife never interacts with the trash. So they are living on (top of) the trash... but they are not living on (using/eating) the trash.

Angela said...

Thanks for sharing. I didn't mind if animals were eating the trash because people throw out a lot of useful things. But I do think it's pretty cool that animals are thriving in a wasteland.

jasmine said...

They are trying to influence you into believing that landfills are a great thing. But don't let this fool you for a second, don't let this sway you, distract your mind, or put you at ease with wasting. Remember its also destroying our planet, choking animals, polluting, and above all, making us loose touch with nature. Animals don't need to live in our trash, they need the nature, that is so heavily buried under it...

Anonymous said...

jasmine you should research more and you will realize you are the one who is fooled. These 17,000 acres of wildlife habitats are federally certified. The trash is buried not exposed and a geomembrane is placed to seperate the layer of dirt which is covering the trash and then dirt is again placed on the membrane. Wildlife would never even come close to interacting with the refuse. Also landfill gas in the U.S. alone is powering over a million homes and heating another 737,500. Landfills are clean environmentally friendly sites and by your false remarks I would gather you have never researched or even visited one. Its a shame people like you can not think for themselves.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous,
You sure are good at doing a "Clean-Up" job on Jasmine. I not only think for myself, but I know a plant response like yours. So, how is that paycheck you draw from Waste Management? Hmmm?

The trash is exposed and I have seen it. Don't give me the membrane fairytale. That takes place after decay and happens over a period of time. You send thousands of chemicals toxins to our enviroment right into this membrane, aka dirt... too. I have seen thousands of computer screens, t.v's and refrigerators in your landfills. Nice try, but some of us know better. You pollute our water supplies. I don't care if you have the Federal Stamp of approval either. Some of us know how that was paid for.

Stop with the million of homes you say you provide gas for. It is just garbage on top of garbage, and I clearly smell a rat.

Tiffany Montgomery said...

That sounds good but realistically where do you suppose we put all of our trash instead?? While the idea of animals living in landfills is disturbing, at least they are trying to make some good out of it. That's all we can do sometimes is try to make a positive out of a negative...and thank you to whoever posted this because I too saw this on the side of a trash truck and go ogled it to get some info

Unknown said...

17,000 acres of wildlife habitats in old capped landfills. we have leopard frogs by the thousands in our landfill here in Kingston Ontario known as Belle Park Fairways golf course :)

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