Throughout history, humankind has essentially had three approaches to waste management: burn it, bury it, and leave it where it is and move somewhere else. These approaches are obviously unsustainable in the modern age.
As technology improves, burning rubbish remains an option, but there is always the worry of pollution. Nobody wants an incinerator in their back garden. Norfolk County council abandoned their plans for a waste incinerator at King’s Lynn after a successful public protest.
Burying rubbish is increasingly problematic. The sheer quantities of the waste being produced beggar belief; with the UK generating a whopping 100 million tonnes of waste every year, that’s a lot of holes in the ground with a huge environmental impact.
- Soil and Rubble