Trash Trip

Exploring waste, from coast to coast.

Trash Trip – 2009-11-23a


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A view of the entrance, from the active face, including a landfill gas pipe in the foreground. A landfill gas pipe flaring gases, mainly methane. A post-interview photo of the group tour.
Going to see the Tecate dump, situated behind a prison which was built but never used for its ultimate purpose. Inside the prison walls are educational facilities. Landfill gas pipes line the road to the active face of the Tecate dump.
Approaching the active face, we drive along roads with additional waste on all sides. The heart of the dump, behind the prison's surrounding walls, where people wait for new loads to scavenge through and recover materials they can sell. Looking at a wider view of the "active face" at the dump.  There is no liner, no controls over what is left here, and no monitoring of its impact to the environment.  Also, there is no ground covering applied each night - it's just left as-is, waiting for more loads each day.
More views of the Tecate dump, what was status-quo in Baja California until recently, when they built the new sanitary landfill near Tijuana. More views of the Tecate dump, what was status-quo in Baja California until recently, when they built the new sanitary landfill near Tijuana - the first of its kind in the state. Blowing plastic bags - a common sight here at the dump.
Driving back down the hill, from the  Tecate dump. Another overlook from the Tecate dump, with trash in the foreground and a reservoir in the background. Driving back to the border, we see one of several "Do Not Litter" signs on the main roadway.
   
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Description: Tours of the newer Tijuana sanitary landfill and an older Tecate dump. For those who don't know the difference between a landfill and a dump, a landfill is lined, controlled, and monitored for impacts to the environment; a dump is not.
Location: Tijuana and Tecate, Mexico

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