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In many parts of the world, trash is burned.  Unfortunately the gas produced by the burning of trash is often toxic and poses an environmental and health hazard; so much so that the EPA has established a website<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.epa.gov/msw/backyard/index.htm|title=Backyard Burning / Wastes / EPA|publisher=Environmental Protection Agency|accessdate=2008-01-10|date=2007-09-04}}</ref> that includes links to laws, regulations, and hazards.
 
In many parts of the world, trash is burned.  Unfortunately the gas produced by the burning of trash is often toxic and poses an environmental and health hazard; so much so that the EPA has established a website<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.epa.gov/msw/backyard/index.htm|title=Backyard Burning / Wastes / EPA|publisher=Environmental Protection Agency|accessdate=2008-01-10|date=2007-09-04}}</ref> that includes links to laws, regulations, and hazards.
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Not all trash is created equal.  In the United States, there are laws and regulations that determine how specific kinds of trash much be handled.  For example: medical waste(items such as needles, test tubes, gloves, testing materials) is classified as "biohazard" materials and must be handled appropriately. 
  
 
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This page is about garbage, the refuse of society. For the band, see Garbage (band).

Garbage, or trash, is the byproduct of the disposed waste created by a society. The term garbage is more or less a 'catch-all' term for items that are viewed as disposable, or that can be "thrown away". Other terms that may be used to describe garbage are waste, litter, refuse; however these terms often mean something specific when used in appropriate context, e.g. human waste.

Trash Management

Garbage, once disposed of, is usually collected by a waste-management company (which may be a municipality) or a privately run contract, depending on the agreement made by the government of the city, county, state, or country. After it is collected, it is hauled away by trucks to either dumps (also known as landfills), or to processing facilities where it is then filtered of recyclable materials and then incinerated, pulverized, or deposited at another location.

Disposal of trash can be a problem in itself: if not managed correctly, sites where trash is deposited can over-run into the main populace areas of the city. Currently Naples,Italy is experiencing a major problem with trash building inside the city limits[1] due to excess waste produced by the population and the handling of the trash management contract by the local mafia[2].

Throughout history, there have been creative ways of disposing of trash. One option is to mix layers of solid waste (non-liquid and non-gaseous waste) with layers of soil. This was done to create Mount Trashmore Park, located in Virginia Beach, VA.[3]. Mount Trashmore is approximately 165 acres of composted trash, reaching 60 feet high and spanning over 800 feet long.

In many parts of the world, trash is burned. Unfortunately the gas produced by the burning of trash is often toxic and poses an environmental and health hazard; so much so that the EPA has established a website[4] that includes links to laws, regulations, and hazards.

Trash classification

Not all trash is created equal. In the United States, there are laws and regulations that determine how specific kinds of trash much be handled. For example: medical waste(items such as needles, test tubes, gloves, testing materials) is classified as "biohazard" materials and must be handled appropriately.

References

  1. Associated Press (2008-01-05). Clashes as Naples' trash piles up. CNN. Retrieved on 2008-01-09.
  2. Vinci, Alessio (2008-01-08). Why Naples is drowning in garbage. CNN. Retrieved on 2008-01-09.
  3. Mount Trashmore Park:Virginia is for Lovers. Virginia Tourism Corporation. Retrieved on 2008-01-10.
  4. Backyard Burning / Wastes / EPA. Environmental Protection Agency (2007-09-04). Retrieved on 2008-01-10.