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"Most places in the Midwest, you ski on piles of trash, like retired landfills." - Nick Goepper

"We can't have landfills forever, and we can't ask others to accept our trash." - Jaime Lerner

"The current system punishes communities which make the investment in creating landfills, only to have them filled by states which refuse to adequately address their waste issues." - Paul Gillmor

"Aside from its parks and nature areas, Singapore is intensively developed, and due to the shortage of land, is building up, down and on manmade islands and landfills." - Alan Huffman

"A food waste reduction hierarchy-feeding people first, then animals, then recycling, then composting-serves to show how productive use can be made of much of the excess food that is currently contributing to leachate and methane formation in landfills." - Carol Browner

"... laws governing pollution tend to move pollutants from one medium to another. So, for example, we scrub SO2 from power plants only to dispose toxic sludge on land. We "clean" water only to disperse toxic-laced solids on farmland or landfills. Pollution control becomes a kind of giant shell game by which we move pollutants between air, water, groundwater, and land." - David W. Orr

"We subsidize the disposal of waste in all its myriad forms from landfills to Superfund cleanups, from deep-well injection to storage of nuclear waste. In the process, we encourage an economy where 80 percent of what we consume gets thrown away after one use." - Paul Hawken

"Maybe it's counter to your philosophy-as it is to mine-to want to sell people things they don't need, that will end up in landfills. Maybe you would actually like to make money off of creating art-which is your job. Maybe you don't want to be in the advertising business." - Jessica Mae Stover

"I'm scared by the enormous amount of bottled water being consumed today, instead of people drinking filtered tap water. Did you know that nearly 90 percent of those plastic bottles are not recycled and wind up in landfills where it takes thousands of years for the plastic to decompose?" - Robert Englund

"Cities offer us powerful leverage on our most stubborn, wasteful practices. Long commutes in our cars, big power bills from our energy-hogging buildings, shopping trips to buy stuff that'll spend a few short months in our homes and long centuries in our landfills." - Alex Steffen

"By 1990, the EPA had tallied up 32,645 sites of past chemical waste dumping in need of cleanup. Some of these are actual waste landfills, but many are former manufacturing sites where drums full of chemicals have been simply abandoned. The names of the most notorious appear on the EPS's National Priorities List. These are the so-called Superfund sites, names for the super fund of money put together by Congress in 1980 to clean them up. In 2009, the Superfund list contained 1,331 sites." - Sandra Steingraber



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