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The Land: Fresh Kills, 2030

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Until 2001 when it closed, Fresh Kills on Staten Island was the world's largest municipal landfill site. Reputedly visible from space, it was almost three times the size of New York's Central Park, with a peak taller than the Statue of Liberty. At the height of operations in the 1980s, the site was receiving around 29 000 tonnes of rubbish a day - yet many of the city's inhabitants barely knew of its existence. At present, the site is undergoing a transformation: by 2030, Fresh Kills will open to the public, its landscapes redesigned for hikers, cyclists and ball-players, its native plants and wildlife restored.