Interim rural solid waste management IIb

Captions to illustrations (fax)

Salvage Area—away from designated dumping areas; keep clear of trash

Cover material stockpile or backdirt, near designated working face

Trench—maybe 8-12 feet deep and 15-20 ft wide
active cell is as small as possible but wide enough for equipment to get in to compact trash, to consolidate into smallest space, and to cover.

Litter fence

  • temporary, can be moved and set up near the “working face” (spot where trash goes)
  • catches some blowing trash (regular compaction and cover is much more effective)
  • directs people to where they should be placing their garbage
  • Berms—

  • keeps water from running into the wastes
  • helps direct people to the “working face” or tipping point
  • may help keep people and vehicles from falling into the trench
  • Note that the ground outside the active cell has been graded to slope gently away from the trench in order to keep water away

    Problems shown in photos—

  • you can see that garbage has not been compacted or covered. It has been allowed to pile up over two feet deep
  • people dump all over the trench. No sign pointing to dump stuff in just one spot
  • trench would last longer if the trash, drums, other items were crushed flat
  • This facility has no gate, no attendant, and no sign indicating when dumping hours are. Because of poor access control:

  • people might bring in all sorts of stuff that could be hazardous to the land or to the next person or child bringing their trash
  • someone has set their wastes on fire.
  • Several Villages have had homes or entire communities evacuated or burned out because of dump fires. The smoke can obscure the airfield; can carry materials such as mercury and acids to settle on rivers and bushes; and can trigger asthma.

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