Two words: plasma gasification.
The creation of inexpensive systems that create energy by breaking down garbage into simple materials. Three things are created:
- Simple materials (metals and glass)
- Distilled water
So in one go, we eliminate our garbage heaps, recycle simple and reusable materials, create a freshwater source, and create unlimited amounts of energy.
Sounds good to me.
(Oh and the only reason this isn't being funded, is because landfills initial cost is cheaper, companies don't consider long term profit margins)