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Homework Help: Landfill problem

  1. Nov 19, 2005 #1
    The US sends about 129 million tons of municipal solid waste to landfills. what landfill area is neeed for one year's worth of MSW if the landwill density is 800lb/yd^3, cell depth is 10 ft with one lift per year, and 80% of the cell is municipal solid waste. what is the area in acres/yr per 1000 people...

    First of all, should I take it that 129 millions of MSW are sent to the landfill per year?
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  3. Nov 19, 2005 #2


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    That is a reasonable assumption.

    Confirm here - http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/muncpl/facts.htm [Broken]
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