STOP Importation of trash in Alaminos Laguna Philippines!

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Our small town of Alaminos Laguna is now facing possible future disaster.Our Mayor Eladio Magampon wanted to put a huge Sanitary landfill, a 200 hectares landfill in a very small town that will cater the trash from all over NCR (National Capital Region) and all over CALABARZON (Calamba,Laguna,Batangas,Rizal and Quezon) and actually make money from it.This landfill will be place near residential area.Our water is coming from deep well.There are also rivers nearby the proposed area.I am worried about the future generation of my town.There will be no more progress whatsoever in that town if this huge landfill will be built.People's health will be at risk.We have no guarantee that there will be no leachate that will leak underground.We want Sanitary landfill but only for ALAMINOS LAGUNA's trash.We do not want money from trash!

There are many negative issues associated with landfill. The three most important problems with landfill are toxins, leachate and greenhouse gases.

Toxins
Many materials that end up as waste contain toxic substances. Over time, these toxins leach into our soil and groundwater, and become environmental hazards for years. Electronic waste is a good example. Waste such as televisions, computers and other electronic appliances contain a long list of hazardous substances, including mercury, arsenic, cadmium, PVC, solvents, acids and lead.

Leachate
Leachate is the liquid formed when waste breaks down in the landfill and water filters through that waste. This liquid is highly toxic and can pollute the land, ground water and water ways.

Greenhouse gas
When organic material such as food scraps and green waste is put in landfill, it is generally compacted down and covered. This removes the oxygen and causes it to break down in an anaerobic process. Eventually this releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The implications for global warming and climate change are enormous. Methane is also a flammable gas that can become dangerous if allowed to build up in concentration. Composting your food scraps and green waste in a compost bin eliminates many of these problems.

Apart from the financial costs, garbage buried in landfill breaks down at a very slow rate and remains a problem for future generations.