No, that is certainly not Old Smokey. That’s a picture I took from the northwest side of the Nashville-Davidson County Landfill. What appears as a mountain ridge-top is a 77-acre mound of garbage!!!
The site, Southern Services Construction & Demolition landfill, is owned by Waste Management. The company has plans to expand the site by 17 acres, a plan that was rejected by Nashville’s Solid Waste Region Board. In April, the company filed a lawsuit against Davidson County. According to my research, the board has a “Solid Waste Master Plan” which aims to send near zero waste to landfills by 2050. Not exactly around the corner, but it’s a start…
So now, according to the news, Waste Management is having a shortage of employees. Therefore, areas around Nashville are not having their garbage picked up. The company is resorting to alternating schedules, so people’s trash is piling up. According to WSMV, “An ordinary chore turned into a mound of frustration this month for people living in one Antioch neighborhood who say they weren’t paid a visit from their garbage truck for more than two weeks.” So sad. And I saw interviews on television showing people’s “trash.”
How pathetic. I mean, c’mon people! I saw so many examples of recyclable items: Coke cartons, beer cartons, cans, milk jugs, plastic bags… What’s the deal? It’s 2021 and it’s high time, no, it’s WAY PAST high time for folks to WAKE UP AND SMELL THE GARBAGE!!! Where do they think it goes? Into a pile. Okay. And where does that pile go? Nowhere, people – Nowhere!!!!!!!!!
Now: Many neighborhoods have recycling collection. Sure, they have some restrictions (like no glass – dangerous, I guess), but how hard is it to get it to the curb? I have to tote mine to one of the recycling collection bin centers around town, or in my county, but it’s worth it. I’ve been doing it for YEARS. I just plan it in to my schedule and I know, at least I hope, it’s being dealt with sustainably. As for plastic bags, most grocery stores have bins for those.
I know the public hears the word “recycle.” I believe they even know what it means. But if we don’t start conserving resources, and recycling serves that purpose as well, and limiting our garbage dumping, we are going down a very slippery slope. “Earth Day” is more than just one day a year. Please…
About Jan Schim
Jan is a singer, a songwriter, a licensed body worker specializing in CranioSacral Therapy, and a teacher. She is an advocate for the ethical treatment of ALL animals and a volunteer with several animal advocacy organizations. She is also a staunch believer in the need to promote environmental responsibility.
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