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Historically, landfills dating back to ancient times were sources of great treasures from which archeologists could learn of the living conditions of lost civilizations and cultures. Today, most landfills would be hard-pressed to evoke such romantic notions.
Landfills are the last stop, the final resting place for society's garbage and are the least expensive solution for disposing of waste. However, based on reports from government sponsored agencies, the United States will run out of landfill space in fewer than 20 years, and efforts to expand existing sites are too often thwarted by neighboring communities. To date, the most logical and most practical solution to waste disposal is to divert as much material from landfills as possible
Through our daily recycling and material-recovery efforts, Metropolitan actively diverts recyclable material from landfills. In 2008 more than 160,000 tons of material were diverted from landfills and were recycled into the manufacturing of new products made with post-consumer waste. By reducing the amount of material used, by re-using material and finally, by recycling material, such practices remain the most sensible diversion methods known today.
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