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Waste Management and Pollution Control
Living near the dump [Editorial]
Living near the dump [Editorial]

Living near Baltimore County's Eastern Sanitary Landfill is no doubt unpleasant. The facility is huge — 375 acres — and handles about a quarter of Baltimore County's solid waste, or almost 75,000 tons of trash a year. Residents of the neighborhoods adjacent to it complain of unpredictable odors that substantially diminish their enjoyment of their property. But a proposal pending in the General Assembly to allow for property tax breaks for the affected communities is the wrong approach. The landfill opened in the 1980s and was expected to have an operational life of about 30 years, but thanks to a shift toward recycling, among other advances, it's now expected...