By Wes Muir, Director of Communications, Waste Management
Increasing urbanization has led to an increased desire for environmental conservation. Across the country, areas of land are being cleared and filled with blooming landscapes to attract various birds and wildlife. Some house butterfly gardens and walking trails, while others host bird and bat houses, comparable to that of the local zoo.
While these parks, gardens and other habitat areas may seem commonplace, you may be surprised to learn what lies beneath some of these wildlife habitats. Some of these areas are built upon landfills, and organizations like the Wildlife Habitat Council and Waste Management are helping to create these new habitats.
Landfills already manage the waste that cannot be reused or recycled. But in addition to those uses, landfills can also serve to beautify and unite the local community, as well as to offer refuge for a variety of plant and animal life.
For example, at the Alliance Landfill in Taylor, PA, the engineered appearance of the landfill’s slopes concerned residents, leading to the creation of Alliance Landfill’s Community Landscape Project. Several plots of land capping the landfill site were tested to see which types of vegetation could be viably grown. Once the appropriate species of plant life were determined, community members set to work planting native trees, plants, shrubs and grasses. One man, George Dunbar, has even planted more than 1,500 deciduous and evergreen trees at the site. Click to continue reading »
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