Last Saturday, I took some things to the e-scrap collection at the Lena Road Landfill in Manatee County, FL. Beside the road leading to the unloading area, I spied this monument commemorating days gone by. There sat the very rusty Caterpillar “pulling” its serrated disks that once were used to break up — or break down — materials dumped in the landfill from garbage collections.
Beyond and around this machine one can see hills created by heaping that garbage, breaking it down and continually shaping it into the hill-like structures seen in these pictures. Of course, this machine preceded the huge crusher machines of today. It has been several years since this rather small Caterpillar workhorse-on-tracks was driven over those heaps of waste. It appears to have been worked long hours in all kinds of weather and now shows its age with 50 shades of rust in its worthy retirement.