Two weeks ago as part of our class, we visited Brasilia’s landfill site, known as Lixão, which again underscored some of the incredible contradictions in the country.  It is a vast site, with six open dumping sites, this is one of the largest landfills in all of Latin America. Controversy surrounds this landfill, as it is slated to be closed and moved some 45km away.  The government is shutting down landfills like this one in favor of lined landfills with water protection systems.  They have already closed Rio’s massive dump in 2012. Brasilia’s landfill harkens back to an earlier age, when unlined landfills with no specially designed containment ponds existed.  However, this landfill won’t shut quietly.

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