Friday, November 17, 2006

History of Solid Waste Disposal

* Lack of Solid Waste management led to the epidemic of plague that killed 50 percent of 14th century Europians.

* By 19th century, public health measures were started tı be taken collection and disposal of food wastes to control vectors of disease.

- In 500 BC, the Athens organized the first municipal landfill in the western world and required waste disposal tı be at least one mile from city walls.

- The first incinerator in the US is built on Governor's Island, New York (1885)

- In 1888, English Parliament puts a ban on waste disposal in public waterways and ditches. Waste disposal methods involve simply throwing garbage out of windows and doors.