Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Elliott County Dumpsite

In the Weird Kentucky book, you may recall I urge my readers to take a greater interest in the relics of the 20th century buried all around us. Here's a prime example. This forgotten rural dumpsite in Elliott County contains mostly trash from the 1970s and 1980s on the surface, and likely has artifacts going back to at least the 1930s buried underneath.

You can see how little these plastic items, almost a half century old, have deteriorated. And what you can't see is the microscopic molecules of plastic being sloughed off by these items, and permanently entering the ecosystem. This is precisely why I am opposed to all modern plastics.

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