Why Don’t We Throw Trash in Volcanoes? – SciShow


This is one of those questions many end up asking, usually as children. Or other may ask why we just don’t launch the garbage into deep space or the Sun. Besides the cost of launching things into space, there is potential for making things worse as far as space debris or a cataclysmic launch. Not only that, but doing any of this is not very practical long term. If we destroy these materials for good, we never have the ability to get that matter back. There are some items that are radioactive in which destroying may be better than storage. But once it’s gone, it’s gone. Earth is limited in its resources, as abundant as they are. They are still finite.  SciShow has their take on this widely asked question.

 

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We have a garbage problem. Wouldn’t it make sense to throw that trash into the nearest volcano?

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Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/jun/14/green-waste-distribution-methods-recycling-plastic-oil-epa
https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/volcano-map.html
https://www.livescience.com/27295-volcanoes.html
https://www.livescience.com/34031-person-fell-volcano.html
http://www.amusingplanet.com/2016/06/lava-lakes-exposed-guts-of-volcanoes.html
http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2008/06/26/2286487.htm
http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/why-are-there-volcanoes
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-causes-a-volcano-to/
http://www.popsci.com/why-dont-we-just-throw-all-our-garbage-into-volcanos
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2008/01/should_we_throw_hazardous_waste_into_volcanoes.html
https://archive.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/municipal/web/pdf/msw2008rpt.pdf [PDF]
http://energyrecoverycouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/ERC_2014_Directory.pdf [PDF]
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http://newbostonpost.com/2016/03/23/where-does-bostons-trash-go/
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/recycle/solid/
http://cuer.law.cuny.edu/?p=658
https://www.fastcompany.com/3062853/these-maps-show-how-much-of-the-us-is-covered-in-landfills

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