Waste management from dumps to landfills

Humans have always produced a lot of waste. From prehistoric times until fairly recently, people who lived in towns just dumped the waste somewhere. Now we have the sanitary landfill. What’s the difference? Have we found an adequate solution? Dumping … Continue reading

Earth Day: looking back, looking around, looking forward

A curious juxtaposition of events took place in the early 1960s. In 1961, Sam Yorty successfully campaigned for mayor of Los Angeles promising to eliminate the requirement that citizens separate their garbage. Soon, wet garbage, trash, and paper mingled together … Continue reading