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What is land pollution?
It is when pollutants go onto the land and make it dirty. This happens because of:
Humans storing their waste on land.
Waste being washed ashore from boats and sewage outlets.
How do people usually get rid of their waste?
By placing it in landfills.
Are landfills a good way of getting rid of waste?
No, they aren't. This is because:
Landfills are dusty and smelly
They create things that are harmful to the environment, because of the way different types of waste can combine inside them.
Landfills are not really useful once they are full.
They can produce gases that will pollute nearby waterways, air and soil.
They produce methane, a greenhouse gas which can cause fires.
What can you do to help?
Remember the three Rís, so that we can create less waste.
Reduce, by thinking carefully about the things you buy and use.
Re-use whatever you can before throwing it away.
Recycle whatever you can rather than throwing it in the garbage to go to a landfill.
If you get rid of your waste with care, your surroundings will be cleaner.