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World's biggest dump sites 2014

Size of largest landfills globally as of 2014 (in hectares)*

by Statista Research Department, last edited Oct 6, 2014
World's biggest dump sites 2014 This statistic provides a ranking of some of the world's largest and most dangerous dump sites as of 2014. During this year, the Olusosun dump site in Lagos, Nigeria covered about 42.7 hectares of land. Both municipal waste and e-waste can be found there.
Global dumpsites – additional information

It is estimated that almost half of the world’s population does not have access to basic waste collection and disposal services. A large portion of the world’s generated waste is disposed of improperly on open dumpsites, which are especially common in low-income countries. These unregulated landfills are often close to urban areas, with an estimated 60 million people living less than 10 kilometers away from the 50 largest dumpsites in the world, implicating potentially severe health and environmental impacts. Diarrheal diseases, low birth weights, and some cancers have been linked to extended proximity to landfills. Pollution due to open burning and ground water contamination are commonly reported from large unregulated sites.

Among the 50 largest dumpsites in the world, twenty of them have both municipal solid waste and hazardous waste dumped within. The Estrutural landfill in Brasilia, Brazil is one of the largest municipal waste landfills in the world, spanning some 136 hectares. This landfill has been active for over 50 years with an estimated 30 million metric tons of waste. The site receives about 2 million metric tons of waste per day. There have been many accidents and deaths reported at the dumpsite as there are about 2,700 informal waste pickers who collect recyclable materials from the disposed waste.

Landfills in the United States are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency and must be designed to protect the environment from potential contaminants in the waste stream. The United States has over 1,900 landfills, with over 700 landfills in the West.
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by Statista Research Department, last edited Oct 6, 2014
This statistic provides a ranking of some of the world's largest and most dangerous dump sites as of 2014. During this year, the Olusosun dump site in Lagos, Nigeria covered about 42.7 hectares of land. Both municipal waste and e-waste can be found there.
Global dumpsites – additional information

It is estimated that almost half of the world’s population does not have access to basic waste collection and disposal services. A large portion of the world’s generated waste is disposed of improperly on open dumpsites, which are especially common in low-income countries. These unregulated landfills are often close to urban areas, with an estimated 60 million people living less than 10 kilometers away from the 50 largest dumpsites in the world, implicating potentially severe health and environmental impacts. Diarrheal diseases, low birth weights, and some cancers have been linked to extended proximity to landfills. Pollution due to open burning and ground water contamination are commonly reported from large unregulated sites.

Among the 50 largest dumpsites in the world, twenty of them have both municipal solid waste and hazardous waste dumped within. The Estrutural landfill in Brasilia, Brazil is one of the largest municipal waste landfills in the world, spanning some 136 hectares. This landfill has been active for over 50 years with an estimated 30 million metric tons of waste. The site receives about 2 million metric tons of waste per day. There have been many accidents and deaths reported at the dumpsite as there are about 2,700 informal waste pickers who collect recyclable materials from the disposed waste.

Landfills in the United States are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency and must be designed to protect the environment from potential contaminants in the waste stream. The United States has over 1,900 landfills, with over 700 landfills in the West.
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