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Eventually garbage like kitchen scraps and yard waste will rot and decompose, producing a landfill gas that is made up in large part of methane, a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide. Photo by Amy Green (WMFE)
Environment

Three Central Florida Landfills Rank Among Nation’s Top Emitters Of A Potent Greenhouse Gas. But The Numbers May Be Garbage


ORLANDO, Fla. _ A single flip-flop. An empty Chick-fil-A sandwich bag. A mattress. A sneaker, navy with a white sole. A little orange bouncy ball. Garbage is strewn among thigh-high drifts of dirt, used to bury the filthy, weather-worn items at the Orange County Landfill and prevent the intrusion of insects, rats and pigs. Bulldozers smooth the dirt into place while tractor trailers deliver ever more trash. Vultures and seagulls circle above. A bald eagle lands nearby. “Anything you will see out in the real world you’ll see it here,” says David Gregory, manager of the solid waste division of the Orange County Utilities Department. “Because when people throw things away, this is where it comes.” According to the Environmental …
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