How high would trash mountains be if all the trash was piled into 1 continent like Antarctica? enter image description here https://michielkauwatjoe.com/images/works/trash-mountain-michielkauwatjoe.com-large.jpg


closed as too broad by Confounded by beige fish., L.Dutch Apr 26 at 19:24

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  • $\begingroup$ If all the trash from the city of Karakorum (Genghis Khan's capital city) for the last 500 years were piled up it would reach a height of..... 0 inches. The continent of Antarctica probably has the lowest trash footprint, Not sure about the worst. Could you please just ask one question as per the help center rules, and make it specific enough to be answerable? VTC. Unclear what you're asking. $\endgroup$ – Confounded by beige fish. Apr 26 at 19:14
  • $\begingroup$ This is not a WB question - it sounds more like an environmental issue. $\endgroup$ – StephenG Apr 26 at 19:15
  • $\begingroup$ It decomposes into liquids that pollute aquifers. It's highly unstable and tends to collapse (should not be too steep) . Organic matter deep inside will release methane and odorous sulfur compounds. Solution: Sort and recycle! $\endgroup$ – Christmas Snow Apr 26 at 19:35
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  • $\begingroup$ You accepted an answer but your edit plainly invalidates it. $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch Apr 27 at 3:22

Piling trash next to cities has been done, e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Trashmore_Park and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Trashmore_(Florida) It's much more common to put it in a hole - AKA landfill - and cover it.

The problem with piling all the trash of a continent in one place is obviously the cost (and environmental effects) of transporting it. You could calculate the cost yourself by finding estimates of how much trash is generated by your continent, picking a location, and looking up ton-mile transport costs.

  • $\begingroup$ I'm sorry for changing the question if there is anything you can do to make it better I will be grateful. $\endgroup$ – Muze Apr 27 at 3:32

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