A recently released study out of Italy suggests that living near a landfill can be hazardous to your health; however, a U.S. waste and recycling industry official disputes the findings.
According to research published in May in the International Journal of Epidemiology, people living within about three miles of a landfill are at risk. The study was conducted by researchers at the Department of Epidemiology, Lazio Regional Health Service and Lazio Environmental Protection Agency, both located in Rome, Italy.
They studied more than 240,000 people living near nine landfills in the Lazio region of Italy from 1996 to 2008. The results showed respiratory issues detected, even lung cancer in some cases, due to high levels of hydrogen sulphide (H2S).