Sunday December 04, 2016
150 million tons of reeking garbage now holds up a park
more stories from this episode
- What we talk about when we talk about fascism - Michael's essay
- A tough choix? French voters stuck between the hard right and the ultra-hard right
- The world's oldest functioning library was founded by a woman and has been restored by a woman
- 150 million tons of reeking garbage now holds up a park
- Remembering CBC producer Sam Levene
- Full Episode
If the sheer size of it didn't take your breath away, the stink would. Every time.
Fresh Kills was once the largest landfill in the world. 2200 acres that took in all of of New York City's garbage. 150 million tons of trash between1948 to 2001. Wrap your head around that.150 millions tons.
And then wrap it around this. That gargantuan and malodorous heap is now in the process of being transformed into something truly beautiful.
It's not the first landfill-to-park project. There are others: in Hong Kong, Singapore, Tel Aviv, and Virginia's own aptly-named Mt Trashmore.
But Fresh Kills is by far the biggest.
And the world is watching.
Alisa Siegel ventured to Fresh Kills earlier this fall. Here is her documentary, What's Down Below.
Click the button above to hear Alisa Siegel's documentary on Fresh Kills.