Every week in most neighborhoods across the country, garbage trucks stop before every home and business to pick up trash. Usually, the things we throw away are carted to a landfill, where they’re buried in a triple-lined hole. Often, our piles of garbage grow many stories high — so tall that they become ski resorts. Sometimes our garbage is dumped in the ocean. Are there better ways to deal with our trash – and why aren’t they more commonly embraced? What role can journalists play in this scenario?
What do you think about how journalists can do a better job covering garbage issues?
Here are links to a few stories about this controversial but completely commonplace topic.
This story from the website A2politico looks at issues at Ann Arbor, Michigan’s recycling facility.
Here’s an interesting industry overview by Chicago Tribune columnist Andrew Leckey.
This New York Times story from 2003 describes how residents of tiny Sumpter Township in Michigan felt at the time about receiving truckloads of trash a day from Toronto at the local landfill. Now that those shipments have stopped, how do you think township residents feel now? Have their feelings — and the story — changed?