Besides abundant recycling, "dumps" are now referred to as "landfills," and are highly regulated. Right next to Kurt's house in Wellton, AZ, is the Copper Mountain Landfill, where all the Yuma trash is taken.
Last year, Kurt arranged for a tour, and it was so interesting that we all insisted he do the same this year. This is a drawing of how a modern landfill is made. You might have to click on the picture to read the captions.
Our first stop was the site of the next area to be filled.
The whole area is sealed with a thick thick plastic liner, to create an inpenetrable barrier between soil and groundwater and what goes into the landfill.
The liner is then covered with soil and a layer of "fluff," gargage used as a protective layer so that the heavy equipment does not break through the plastic liner.
The "fluff" is then spread out with less-heavy machinery.
We then went over to the section currently being filled. This truck pulled up with barrels of some kind of non-toxic waste. The driver was told to move the rear axles of the trailer back to the very rear, because the trailer looked like it was rusty and might break.
He then disconnected the trailer and dumped his stuff. If you are in a hurry, skip forward to :35 in the movie.
Then the heavy-duty trash compacters went to work.
We were told that it was Vitamin E in the barrels. Maybe it was out of date.
Kurt put on a great gathering. And every night we had a gorgeous sunset!