This topic was covered today in the local paper.
Here's a link to a Time magazine article discussing the benefits of capturing methane emissions from landfills, even long after they've reached capacity.
Trash... the gift that keeps on giving.
Notice the amount of solid waste produced per day by NJ residents.... wow, and yuck.
This is surprising to me because in New Jersey recycling is mandatory.
Here is some information provided by the state of NJ on recycling, including these pages of information on the economic and environmental benefits of recycling.