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In a world increasingly concerned about Man's effect on the environment, how much do we actually know about what happens to our trash once we've put it in the bin? This 1-hour special takes us to America's largest landfill site - Puente Hills outside Los Angeles to find out.
The statistics are as overwhelming the smell! 80 million tons collected so far and Puente Hills has room for 38 million more - and at 2,000 tons an hour, more is arriving on a big scale. But the fleet of 1,600 collection vehicles is just the first part of the story. On arrival, all deliveries must be weighed, hauled to the dump and layered in precise blocks to be compacted.
The machines used to do this are themselves massive. It's not just compactors and tractors - the world's largest wood strippers process, for example 300,000 Christmas Trees each year and the facility turns these and other garden waste into much-needed mulch for public land use. Out of 3.8 million tonnes of garbage gathered each year, Puente Hills recycles a surprising 2.6 million. What isn't is also used - and we'll get to understand how 55 miles of underground trenches and pipes collect methane gas, and enough of it to power the site and 100,000 surrounding homes. Watch this and you too can become an expert in…. Garbology!