Above, one of three mounds at the Seneca Meadows Landfill in Waterloo, NY, as seen from the west side of Seneca Lake approximately eight miles away (through a telephoto lens). Credit: Kevin Colton, HWS.
Housekeeping does a great job swiftly taking our trash away. Last week, I saw a dump truck for the first time. I think that although they don't add ascetic value to the campus, it is good to be reminded that your trash doesn't become invisible when it leaves your house. There are direct concequences for your carelessness to recycle or compost. Maybe people need to see more of their trash removal to feel like they are a part of the process.
This blog is a product of Geography of Garbage class (ENV 204), which I teach at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (www.hws.edu). The blog represents a collaborative effort among more than 30 students in the course in Spring 2011, and seeks to make visible (through photos and commentary) what we often prefer to be invisible: our garbage.