the real loss is probably the loss in economic value of the land since it cannot be used for the same purposes anymore. (Would you want to live on top of a landfill?)
This is exactly
the type of mentality I'm talking about. Why wouldn't
I want to live on property that was a former landfill? If it's covered in a sufficiently thick layer of dirt, and the land is firm enough to build on, what's the problem?
In fact, there's a park in my hometown that used to be the local garbage dump. It became "full" when I was a kid, so they covered it in dirt, and landscaped it. Now the land holds 3 baseball diamonds, a soccer field, a playground, and more. It's been that way literally for decades. The land wasn't wasted - it's being used! It's called Bible Hill Recreation Park, in Nova Scotia - look it up!
This is a perfect example of exactly what I'm talking about. The town buried there garbage, and then found a new use for the land. It's not being wasted, it's not going to sit there, "contaminated" and unusable for centuries - it's being used right now
. The kids running around the bases playing baseball don't care what's buried 30 feet beneath them. Whether it's diapers, kitty litter, broken down 8-track players, or solid rock - it makes no difference to them. That's my point. It's a safe and viable solution to disposing of garbage.
It's my opinion that people have an irrational fear of landfills.