Sanitary Landfills: Definition and Issues


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1. Which of the following is a component of the sanitary landfill system that is NOT directly involved in helping prevent leakage?

2. Before 1935, which method of waste disposal was most common?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Sanitary landfills are better alternatives to previous waste disposal methods. Practice what you know about them through these assessments, which will ask you about their history, issues and components.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

As part of these assessments, you'll be asked about:

  • An issue associated with the use of sanitary landfills
  • Common waste disposal methods before 1935
  • Where the Fresh Kills Landfill is
  • Components of the sanitary landfill system

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related sanitary landfills lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the components of the sanitary landfills and old methods of waste disposal
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer a question about sanitary landfill issues

Additional Learning

Expand your knowledge of this topic by reading the lesson called Sanitary Landfills: Definition & Issues. Through the lesson, you will also be informed on these objectives:

  • Define sanitary landfills, leachates, and decomposition
  • Explain the components of sanitary landfills, including plumbing
  • Explore the issues with sanitary landfills, including pollution
  • Provide the history behind the Fresh Kills Landfill