Trash Trip

Exploring waste, from coast to coast.

Trash Trip – 2009-07-14


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Driving up to the Cedar Hills Regional landfill, outside of Seattle, WA. Driving up to the Cedar Hills Regional landfill, outside of Seattle, WA. Driving around the landfill, visiting a new cell being born.  It's being dug, then it will be lined, then it will be filled.
Driving around the landfill, visiting a new cell being born.  It's being dug, then it will be lined, then it will be filled. Driving around the landfill, visiting a new cell being born.  It's being dug, then it will be lined, then it will be filled. Driving around the landfill, looking at the active face.  One stick picker at work. . . of five total, who all work full time.
Driving around the landfill, at the active face.  The compactor at work by the tipper. Driving around the landfill, tarps for temporary covering, before being covered with 4-5 feet of dirt. Driving around the landfill, fencing for wind-blown trash capturing.
Driving around the landfill, an old section of the fill, years later and settling.  On average, landfills can settle up to 1 foot per year. Driving around the landfill, looking down at the methane-capture and flare site. Driving around the landfill, looking at test pipes.
Driving around the landfill, getting close to the methane flare-site. Driving around the landfill, looking at the flames, inside one of the three burning methane  towers.  Oooh, orange glowing fires! Driving around the landfill, a channel for the rain runoff.
   
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Description: A tour of the Cedar Hills Regional landfill with Wally Grant and a side-stop at the Cedar Grove Composting center, both in Maple Valley. They didn’t give tours at the composting center.
Location: Seattle and Maple Valley, WA

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