A modern day measure of magnitude: can you see it on Google Earth?
Here it is, the Puente Hills Landfill, the largest in the nation.
Landfiills are a pretty fascinating metaphor for the way we deal with our waste. Out of sight, out of --
wait-- not so fast - the landfill is slated to shut down in 2013.
After which time, we'll be sending all of our crap out to Arizona, to the Mequite Regional Landfill, currently in the works. Any Arizoneans out there feeling a NIMBY twinge?
If this leaves you hungry for more landfill tidbits, good news: our local dump will be the subject of an upcoming Forecast Earth series, featuring Marcus Eriksen, shown here with a BYO bag. Looks like a suggestion we can't refuse.......