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Answers to Landfill Video

Activity Steps:

Step 1: Review Landfill Video [YouTube]

Step 2: Answer the following questions:

  1. What is a transfer station?
    • Transfer stations are facilities where trash is unloaded from collection vehicles (trash trucks) and reloaded into a larger transport vehicle. The larger transport vehicle takes the trash to the landfill for final disposal.
  2. Plastic is made from this item?
    • Oil.
  3. Aluminum is made from this item?
    • Bauxite. Bauxite is a sedimentary rock with high aluminum content.
  4. Why do landfills put a cap over the trash when it is at capacity?
    • To prevent water from entering the landfill and producing more leachate.
  5. Why do we not want electronics in landfills?
    • Electronics contain heavy metals such as lead. We do not want heavy metals in groundwater because they are toxic.
  6. How can we make less trash?
    • Reduce, reuse, and recycle.

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