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Old Landfills Made Beautiful (PHOTOS)

By Miriam Rosen
Published: April 1, 2014

Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley, Calif.

(Flickr/In the Bay Area)

The average American throws away the equivalent of their body weight in garbage every month, according to a paper published in Nature. Much of this garbage ends up in landfills, but what comes of the landfills when they close to public waste? Often, the results are surprising. The repurposed landfills in this gallery will give you hope about the potential afterlife of your local garbage dump.

Cesar E. Chavez Park, named after the founder of United Farm Workers of America, spans 90 acres of lush grass with striking views of Berkeley’s three bay bridges, Alcatraz and Angel Island. Despite its unique setting, the park has an interesting history: It was a landfill from 1957 until 1991. Today, the park is known for its exciting community events, such as the annual Berkeley Kite Festival, featured above.

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