Unofficially, the worlds largest trash dump is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating island of garbage caught in a swirling ocean gyre that is roughly the size of Texas. The biggest official landfill was the Fresh Kills Landfill in New York. At 2,200 acres, it was the world’s largest landfill till it was closed in 2001.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is considered the world’s largest “landfill,” but as for deliberate landfills, there are a few contenders, mostly in the United States. For many years, the Fresh Kills Landfill in New York was the largest at 2,200 acres, but it closed in 2001. Today, the largest landfill in the world is in Apex, Nevada, which is an hour north of Las Vegas. It houses 50 million tons of garbage and received 3,824,814 tons more in 2007. Just like the old Fresh Kills landfill, it is 2,200 acres.
The Fresh Kills landfill in New York can be seen with the naked eye from space and is 25 meters taller than the statue of liberty.
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