In the early 1990’s, many communities believed there would be an impending landfill shortage.  Today, however, we don’t hear much anymore about a landfill crisis.  And why?  Well according to the Reason Institute, it’s because garbage disposal over the past decade has largely been privatized, and our nation now has more landfill space than ever before.  Indeed, recent statistics reveal that 19 of the nation’s 30 largest cities have essentially privatized their town dumps, and almost a third of medium sized localities are considering following suit.  With 45 states now importing waste, it appears Adam Smith, not Uncle Sam, may have been the unsung hero in this decade long, dumpy drama over garbage.


  • Adam Houser

    Adam Houser coordinates student leaders as National Director of CFACT's collegians program and writes on issues of climate and energy.