I Visited the Trash Dump

Posted: March 25, 2013 in Science
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Hi, my name is Abishai, and I visited the Horry County Waste Management Facility for a field trip.

There was a girl there, and she was making a purse out of recycled bottles and grocery bags. They were also making grocery bag sleeping mats. It takes 500 grocery bags just to make one of the mats. Mom said we would start a mat with all our extra bags at home. It may take a while to finish one with the number of bags we have, but we are getting some extra grocery bags from some of the people that go to our church The Pilgrimage.

After that, we took a tour of the landfill. Our tour guide’s name was Joe Hunter. He is my dad’s friend from the home show. The biggest truck we got to see was the compactor that they use to crush the trash so it doesn’t take up so much space. We also got to see a dump truck dumping out its trash on the pile.

The yard waste was very interesting because they showed us how they can repurpose that waste into compost. They sell their compost for $15 for one ton of material. Joe let us ride in his truck so we could go up on the top of the big trash heaps. We passed the oldest heap and saw they had big pipes coming out all over the place. They recycle their methane through tubes. Daddy says methane comes from trash, cow burps, and people farts. Joe told us they were methane collectors. The collectors moved the methane over to the big engines that give power to not only the Waste Management Facility but also putting that extra energy back in so others in the area can use that energy as well.


When we drove in a little more we saw a tornado of birds. There were 3 adult bald eagles and many immature eagles. Joe told us that their facility is now considered a bald eagle reserve due to the large number of the eagles.


There are so many more things I can say about this field trip but I will stop here for now. I will end this by saying this was the most awesome field trip I have ever been on.





  1. Kendra Hooks says:

    We all really enjoyed your blog about the Horry County Solid Waste Authority! Thank you for sharing and please visit us again sometime!!

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