In Puerto Rico the 411 code is dialed to ask for information. In this project we're giving information about the world, its resources and how to protect them.
Questionaire about landfills
Our teacher contacted a Chemical Engineer René Rodríguez who works for a company that manages waste. She asked him through email to answer a questionaire we made. He was kind enough to answer it.
Answered questionaire (English version)
Waste Management Inc.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Questions about landfills
What kind of solid waste do the landfills manage?
The landfills primarily handle residential solid waste, but in occasions also handle commercial and industrial waste.
How can solid waste affect the environment?
Domestic waste contains a large amount of chemicals which contaminate. Some examples are oven cleaning products, detergents, and paint among others.
How does the water get contaminated?
If the domestic waste is not managed properly, the water that comes from the rain can filter down contaminating the water source. The garbage as it discomposes produces water and the combination of the contaminated water filtered through the garbage generates a contaminated agent called lixiviates. If this contaminated agent is not filtered and recovered it goes through the soil contaminating our water resources.
How does the soil get contaminated?
The same way that the water gets contaminated; through the infiltration of the contaminated agent in contact with the soil damaging it.
How does the air get contaminated?
When the organic waste decomposes it produces carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane. These are greenhouse gases that contribute to the global warming.
How can water resources be protected?
They are protected by synthetic membranes made out of high density polyethylene. These membranes are placed at the bottom of the landfill before any waste is deposited.
Answered questionaire (Complete file)
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Answered questionaire (Spanish version)
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Did you know...
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When we exercise, we feel better and can appreciate nature more when taking walks in the neighborhood. So come on!! Get motivated, exercise and get people from your community to exercise with you.
Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico
|I took these pictures when I went with my family to Dorado. Isn't nature spectacular?|
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