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Where Does Our Garbage Go?


Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum
Where Does Our Garbage Go?

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What happens to your garbage after it is picked up? In this module, you will learn about your garbage including:

  • Municipal solid waste
  • Landfilling process
  • Reducing, Reusing, Recycling
  • Composting
  • Hazardous waste
  • Generating energy from waste
  • Current important issues

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Onyx Arbor Hills Center for Resource Management in Northville, MI

St. Clair County - Smiths Creek Landfill

Smiths Creek Landfill in St. Clair County, Michigan

Municipal solid waste, typically called garbage or trash, consists of anything normally discarded from a home or community. This can include a wide array of products including food waste, paper products, and yard waste, among others. Municipal solid waste does not include wastes from industrial activities.

Household waste is typically landfilled, although some products may be recycled or composted as well. In this section, you will learn about these processes and the trends in waste disposal.

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