The average American makes about 4 lbs. of trash every day, which may sound like a small number, but it adds up! Trash generated in Atlantic County is brought to ACUA's Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township.
First, the trash is weighed at the scalehouse. Then, it's brought to the Transfer Station, an indoor building that stores the trash throughout the day. Since ACUA's landfill is located close to the Atlantic City Airport, it can only bury trash at night to keep birds away from the area.
ACUA's sanitary lined landfill is split into cells (or compartments). Each cell has a heavy-duty lining at the bottom that protects the ground from the buried trash. When it rains, rainwater drains to the bottom of the cell and is pumped to ACUA's Wastewater Treatment Facility to be cleaned. As trash breaks down in the landfill, it creates gas. ACUA collects this gas and send its to a special generator that turns it into electricity to power the entire Environmental Park facility!
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