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Is only six inches a problem?

BBC NEWS | UK | Britain now 'dustbin of Europe'
Households sent more than 22.6 million tonnes of rubbish to landfill in the most recent year in which comparable figures were available across the EU.

Council leaders warn that an area the size of Warwick - 109 square miles - is already used as landfill.

109 square miles = 282 308 704 m2.

Density of rubbish - 481 kg/cu.m
22.6 million tonnes = 46 985 447 cu.m

46 985 447 / 282 308 704 = 0.166432867

Look guys I think the problem might be that you are only filling the landfills to 16 cm depth, that is six inches in real money, no wonder it is spread out all over Warwick. It is either that or the alarmist report is rubbish


Wales (which I always thought was the official measure of area, eg The Kruger National Park is the size of Wales, thereby giving it some purpose in life other than as a taxpayer sink), is 8015 square miles, which is more or less 80 years at 16cm depth (actually you were a bit naughty not to round up to 17cm). So if we give the lads shovels instead of spoons so they can dig to, say, 170cm, that is 800 years of life.

Perhaps 22.6 million tonnes is the annual amount of rubbish going to landfill?


Aren't you forgetting the accumulations of previous years' rubbish?

TE - The accumulated rubbish will have compacted and decomposed to a density three times as high, so the yearly increas of rubbish over Warwick will only be a couple of inches at the most...

at least the BBC are doing their bit for recycling

TE- and I recycled my comments on it - though the maths worked out differently...

The choice of "Warwick" is a weaselly one. Presumably they were talking about the Warwick District (109.2 sq miles) and not just the small town (pop 25,000) - but it's so easy to confuse with the eponymous county - 762.5 sq miles. Now that would be a landfill...

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