This week in Frannie’s exploration of the Awesome Aquifer Kit is all about why you should care what goes into your landfill.
We all know how to pick up litter and throw it away properly, but where does our trash go and how is it taken care of after the garbage truck drives away?
That’s right! The landfill!
All of the gross things we don’t want near are homes are going to a landfill. When it rains, the water infiltrates the landfill. In other words, it filters down through all the layers of trash to reach the earth. Once the water has trickled down through all that trash, it starts to look and smell like a garbage soup. Scientists call this soup “leachate”.
Leachate then seeps down into the ground where it can interact with our groundwater, the same water we pull from our wells to drink and use in preparing our food. If we are not careful of what we put in the trash or if the operators of the landfill are not careful to check the garbage trucks for harmful and toxic items, then our wells are in danger of critical pollution.
Luckily, there are special landfills for dangerous chemicals. These can be underground storage tanks, septic systems, or recycling plants that treat or transform toxic trash until it is useable again. You can help at home by doing more recycling, even for items like broken electronics, batteries and light bulbs!
You can learn more about landfills here and visit your local landfill to see what they are doing to keep your ground and groundwater safe.