SIMON FRASER / NORTHUMBRIAN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT LTD. / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SIMON FRASER / NORTHUMBRIAN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT LTD. / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Waste landfill site. A truck dumps refuse at a landfill site. Domestic and industrial waste is being disposed of here. Landfill sites are used to dispose of about 90% of the world's domestic waste. The type of material dumped must be controlled to prevent chemical toxins leaching into local groundwater. Leaching may also be prevented by lining the site with synthetic materials or impermeable clay. In time the dump may be covered with soil, landscaped, and the land sold to developers. Photographed in England.
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