Day at the Dump

Field trip! I can't remember the last time I got to go on a field trip for class, but today we did. What class, you ask? Translation. Recently, we've been working on a translation about waste disposal in Russia. Sounds boring...which might be why our professor decided to take us to see a land fill up close and personal.

Like many of you, I've been to the dump to drop stuff off, but I've never really seen what happens after that.

First, we suited up.


Then, we drove over to the sorting facility.


Pretty cool stuff. But out of all the amazing features and technologies we saw at the dump, my favorite was the falcons. What? Falcons.

I am not making this up. Apparently, one of the major problems this particular dump faces is seagulls. Yes, most dumps have bird problems. But this dump is surrounded by farm land. And farmers were mad that garbage-ridden trash birds were flying over and contaminating their crops. Let me introduce you to Leo the falconer.


This is Leo. His job is to ride around the landfill on a 4 wheeler and scare away seagulls with his pet falcon. I am SO jealous. Forget translating, this job sounds awesome!


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