Accession Number:

ADA106537

Title:

Solid Waste Disposal Practices:--0pen Dumps not Identified--States Face Funding Problems.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV

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Report Date:

1981-07-23

Pagination or Media Count:

53.0

Abstract:

The Environmental Protection Agency EPA estimated that in 1976 residential, commercial, and industrial sources generated 130 million metric tons of municipal solid waste. By 1985, EPA projected the yearly total to increase to 180 million tons. This estimate did not include the millions of tons of industrial wastes, sewage sludges, junk automobiles, and construction and demolition wastes. If all wastes were considered, the total volume would be about 3 to 4 billion tons annually. According to EPA there are nearly 20,000 municipal waste land disposal facilities. In addition to receiving the usual household wastes, the facilities may receive medical wastes, paints, pesticides, dead animals, metals, plastics, and liquid chemical wastes. Many facilities are located on land that is considered to have little or no value for other uses, such as marshes and sand and gravel pits, and it is such siting which poses the greatest potential for environmental damage--surface water and ground water contamination. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science
  • Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE