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    The Bible Belt Has Become America’s Garbage Patch

    Northern U.S. states are exporting huge amounts of refuse, and the South is shouldering much of that burden, an OZY investigation has found. Thanks to low landfill fees, Dixie is home to five of the 10 states receiving the highest proportion of imported waste — from toxic coal ash to human “fertilizer.” And when locals win one trash fight, another sprouts in its wake, stoking economic, environmental and even spiritual tensions.

    What’s the solution? Besides embracing new technology that turns coal ash into concrete, policymakers would do well to distribute the waste more evenly while regulators could standardize how waste data is collected.

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