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EGLE’s latest Talking Trash video spotlights how landfills work

The latest video in the Talking Trash series by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) explains how landfills work in Michigan. The video series looks at important waste management strategies, such as recycling, composting, landfilling, and more.


The video features Rhonda Oyer, a manager in the Solid Waste Section of EGLE’s Materials Management Division.

“Most people imagine that their trash goes to a giant hole in the ground where it piles up to the sky,” she notes. “However, today's waste management strategies are much different. Our waste goes to a landfill that is designed, installed, and operated to safely manage and contain our waste.” 

The video looks at what happens to garbage when it leaves your curb, arrives at the landfill, the protective barriers at the landfill, how landfill gas is handled, how a landfill is closed and maintained, and more.

The video also stresses how “reducing, reusing, and repurposing” materials can cut down on materials sent to landfills.

Check out the Talking Trash video series and find more details and videos about how landfills work by viewing the EGLE "How landfills work" story map.