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America's Largest Landfills

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America's Largest Landfills

With more than 250 million tons of trash created in the United States each year, the garbage business in America is beyond big. The $52-billion-a-year industry is dominated by companies like Waste Management and Republic Services. Gone are the days of the town dump. Today's landfills are technological marvels and have even become a reliable source for alternative energy as landfill gases are tapped and sold to businesses and municipalities.

Here, we've compiled a list of the 10 largest landfills in the United States based on the amount of garbage they receive per day, known in industry nomenclature as TPD or tons per day. Click ahead to see where Americans are sending most of their heaping piles of garbage and how landfill companies are turning it into pure gold.

By Constance Parten
Posted 28, Sept 2010

Photo: David J. Slater | Workbook Stock | Getty Images