I have been looking to pick a fight. This might do. Why are landfills an issue? My wife got on this kick of using ecofriendly diapers for our youngest that were more expensive than regular ones and were a big pain because they required an outer shell that needed to be washed after every poop. She said we needed to do this because it was environmentally irresponsible that our diapers stayed in the landfill for 100 years before they decomposed (or something like that)... So I probed. Why is it bad for diapers to stay in a landfill? Is it not equally or more environmentally irresponsible to use all that water and chemical detergent to wash the outer shell that we use for these recyclable diaper inserts? Have you flown over this country lately. Lots and lots of open space for landfills. Someone set me straight. Dummy it down for me. Why is it bad that we put our stuff in landfills? I am under the impression that they serve their purpose completely... Dare I bring in the whole recycling thing? Don't we burn fossil fuels to transport the cans, plastics, etc. that we are recycling? Don't we use water in the process? Don't the machines that compact/reshape the materials emit pollution into the atmosphere? Conventional wisdom seems to point to recycling being good, landfills being bad. But what does science say? Gimme some data... Otherwise, I wonder how much of this is the result of effective lobbying/PR by some enterprise/industry that profits from recycling... EDIT: Sorry for the tangent. I know this isn't directly (or that indirectly) about removing items from the beach. I just got excited that I got excited. It's been a while!!!