Brian D'Amico followed firefighters to a blaze in a giant trash heap at a trash transfer station on Norfolk Avenue in Roxbury this afternoon.
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If the piles get big enough, can decomposing trash generate enough heat to self-ignite like bark mulch does?
I have a feeling, no. Our garbage doesn't have enough organic matter. We throw scraps away, but mostly it's other stuff, and it provides a lot of separation from all the other organic matter in the trash. Most of our garbage doesn't decompose much in the ground or above it.
Oh if the trash was that biodegradable...
Most of that stuff will look 100% the same 500 years from now.
And that even includes trash that is food, but has no biological material in it, like Hot Pockets.
More often than not, these trash piles are ignited by careless disposal of smoking materials on site...
Where are all the other trash transfer stations for the City? Just curious. That's gross. Any way we could gentrify that heap of bacteria? I saw a clip on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations when he was in India and it looked like that....less the wild dogs living amongst the trash.
I've seen some City of Boston trucks bring trash to the transfer station in Braintree across from the T station.
... We move it to your back yard.
So sorry that the sight of your own waste bothers you.
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