Decades ago, there were still plenty of landfills in the country with room to spar but now the facts expose our diminishing resources.
Considering that tons of waste materials are being dumped in our landfills, it is understandable that eventually they will overflow. Decades ago, there were still plenty of landfills in the country with room to spare. However, with increasing material consumption in homes, schools and offices the available space for waste disposal continues to diminish.
Landfill statistics show that in 1979, approximately 18,500 landfills were available to receive trash all across the United States. In 1990, just 11 years later, this number was drastically decreased by almost 60%. According to the landfill statistics given by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in 1988 there were 7,924 landfills available in the US. In 2006, there were only 1,754 left. This continued decrease in available landfill space is relative to the amount of trash that has been increasing in great proportions.