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At the Dump - Seattle SODO District - Waste Management Facility

Garbage, something mankind has left behind since time began.

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For modern societies like ours,

garbage disposal has become a huge issue and big business.

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Here in the SODO District (south of downtown Seattle) is the Allied Waste Services Facility.

It is within a ‘stones throw’ of our two professional sports stadiums

and within ‘shouting’ distance from downtown.

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I always find it interesting to cruise around the industrial areas of town,

where you can always find people working.

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In this instance I stumbled across this dump

and caught a semi being loaded with garbage while another worker watches the process.

It was still early in the morning, 05:27,

a time when most of the city was still sleeping.

They were hard at work

and I was up early

to see and catch

it all.

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29 Responses to At the Dump – Weekly Top Shot #90

  • we do waste a lot…

  • Bless those guys!

  • Even with recycling we are a messy species.

  • and we continue to create waste, every day to be collected.
    many people don’t see industrial shots as being photo-worthy. yours, here, proves them wrong!

  • They are such hard workers and have so much dedication in the job that they are doing to keep the streets clean. We all need to cut down on the amount of waste we produce. Well done on getting up early enough to capture them. Chel x

  • I always love your amazing photos…and this one is GREAT.
    I hope I haven’t stepped over your rules by submitting a photo in my link that I didn’t take.
    My post is about supporting the SMART HOME PROJECT for our wounded veterans.
    Thanks for hosting this party and giving my post a chance to be seen.
    xo bj

  • I love the way you can make the very ordinary, beautiful in your pictures.

  • Someone once told me that garbage workers make a better salary then teachers. I know it can’t be a fun job…and I am sure they deserve every penny… but really??

    • I transport students from PreK to HS everyday and I get paid about 2/3 to half what the garbage collectors make… go figure!

    • I think the issue here is not that the sanitation workers are making to much, but teachers are under paid. I know they “get summers off” but, the teachers I know take required continuing education classes in the summer. During the school year they work 60 – 80 hour a week with lesson plans report cards etc.

  • Wonderful, inventive shot, Madge.
    Thanks for hosting.

  • Daily life, seen through your artists eye is fascinating Madge.

  • Creative photography as always ~ great textures and composition ~ little behind commenting ~ happy weekend ^_^

  • oh girlie what in the world are you doing up that early for!?

  • Interesting shot.

  • I bet it was cold too? And such a strong image – all that metal and the neutrals. Imaginative shot!

  • Up early to see garbage – that’s dedication…LOL!

  • Another photo only you could think to capture. Fantastic

  • Great shot of this important aspect of our lives.

  • Great shot. It always amazes me how close the industrial areas are to downtown. When I worked in the South East industrial of Portland, I was within eye shot of downtown Portland. Portland’s industrial area is on prime riverfront property. Up until a few yeas ago there was Blitz Winhard’s brewery was right in the middle of downtown, on a major street. They n rail cars through downtown to service the brewery. Boise has a Meadow gold dairy a block from downtown, and a Bigelow tea factory 2 blocks from the city’s only shopping mall.

  • Being an early riser myself, I enjoy hearing from others who see what I see!…:)JP

  • LOL…only you could make a picture of a dump look this good! We have a landfill area around here that is made up of mountains of garbage. The last I looked, they had covered some areas over and grass (or something that looked like grass) was growing. Across the mounds you’ll see pipes every so often that let off methane gas. When these landfills were first started, if the wind was right, you were in for a ‘treat’ the entire day. The author Janet Evanovich is from South RIver and has described it in one of her novels as a town situated between a mall and a landfill…how poetic…LOL

  • Great shot, Madge. I love the early morning hours. Best time of the day.

  • Great shot. So much detail. These guy deserve alot of credit for what they do.

  • Messy job for sure. I see the train come through our little town sometimes loaded with trash in some of the train cars. I wonder where it comes from, hate the idea that others garbage has to come my way. You got up mighty early for your shot. Great one.

  • The amount of garbage we product collectively is staggering. Good food for thought Madge. 🙂

  • Isn’t it crazy the amount of garbage us humans produce?? I hate it when people litter. That is the WORST!!!
    xo Catherine

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