What it means
Results of this study validated citizen concerns that communities of color and low wealth are more often exposed to solid waste facilities than other communities.
Communities that host solid waste facilities face concerns about truck traffic, odor, noise, air and water pollution. Waste sites may attract other waste facilities, affect property values, and make communities less desirable locations for clean industry.
Imposing the burden of waste on vulnerable groups in our society is bad for all people because it does not cause the greatest producers of waste to be confronted with the results of their consumption and waste production. As a result, they have less incentive to take action to reduce their waste problem through reducing, reusing, and recycling.