When I was around 10 years old, I had this idea that was supposed to solve our waste problems; I imagined having tubes miles high that would stretch in to space. Every tube would have a door at the bottom that would be initially closed, and all of the atmosphere inside the tube would then be pumped out. A gigantic pile of garbage would be placed underneath the tube, the door would open, and the vacuum would suck the garbage and eject it in to space.
To what extent could this idea work? Putting aside the problems of keeping a large tube of that size stable(or even manufacturing it), I'm wondering if the force created by the vacuum would be enough to send matter into orbit or if it would immediately come back down the tube once the pressure equalizes. I can't imagine there would be enough inertia to break the earth's gravitational pull, but maybe most of the garbage would stay in orbit for a long time or just burn up on re-entry?