The Mesa County (Colo.) Solid Waste Management will invest $1.5 million to add liners to its landfills in order to keep trash from spreading into the nearby Colorado River.
The plastic and synthetic liners will also help prevent leachate from seeping into the ground and into the nearby river.
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"We want to have as little waste as we can possibly can, as little garbage,” said Grand Junction Resident Lindsey Gnesios.
"I decided I might as well do my part and at least recycle,” said Grand Junction Resident Tristan Robertz.
Our waste is growing with 600 tons of trash dumped at our landfills every day.
"Our waste generation per person is nearing the 7 pounds per person per day
mark in Mesa County, the national average is 4 ½,” said Director at the Mesa County Solid Waste Management Barrett Jensen.
To help stop trash from spreading tires, dirt, and latex paint are added to the top.
"Compacting in the way that we do with the process that we do we are saving space and were protecting the air, protecting the ground, protecting the birds,” said Jensen.