American Landscapes

A study of American landfills and their neighboring metropolitan communities. Modern sanitary landfills entomb solid waste within layers of plastic, soil, and clay to protect public and environmental health and to reduce odors. In the process, methane-expelling mountains are molded from millions of tons of trash. This series serves as an entry point into an investigation of the colossal scale of waste management, a disposable economy, and the culture of consumption in the United States (reference). Images sourced from Google Maps in April and July, 2018, and depict sites with the largest amounts of waste in place I've found thus far using an EPA data set from February, 2018. Location, tons, and other details provided upon image selection for non-mobile devices only. (2018 - Ongoing)

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