What's in a Landfill?

by David Warwick
Jan 22, 2016

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Enjoy this brief update about what we've found while moving an old sanitary landfill at the Jackson County Airport. The original post can be read here.

What's in a landfill - lots of garbage for sure, but occasionally something interesting surfaces worth noting. It is remarkable that the condition of many items in the landfill are in such good shape despite being buried for a minimum of 46 years, some for over 75 years.

One, in particular, is this amazingly intact newspaper map from the Jackson Citizen Patriot, which pinpoints the location of U.S. and Soviet troops in post-World War II Germany.

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The map showing these positions is unusual in its historical content but also its condition. The newspaper is dated November 9, 1951, and includes snippets of other interesting news and advertising from the times.

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We have found other interesting items in the waste as well; bones (confirmed to be non-human), drums of various wastes, and lots of old hot water heaters. The project has stopped for now due to weather, but from November 4, 2015, to December 18, 2015 (27 working days) 91,778 tons of garbage have been transported to licensed, modern designed, secure landfills via 2,529 truckloads. Once we resume operations, we'll continue to share updates on the progress and dive into some of the unique testing and control methods we have implemented on this massive project.

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