Trash Transfer at Fort Totten

When was the last time you went to the city dump? As a kid, I remember going there often with my Dad when we worked construction jobs and often we would come back with more than we left with – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure (and his wife’s displeasure).

Recently I had old bricks and junk no one would find a treasure. The bricks were all covered in concrete and oddly, seemingly rotten. Anyway, it was time for a trip to the dump, or as they are called in DC, waste transfer stations. The nearest one to me is the Fort Totten Trash Transfer Station.

When you drive up, don’t expect to be on a ramp over dumpsters, like in many rural areas, or a covered building like in other cities. DC is still working on building a proper city dump at Fort Totten and is using a flat cement expanse and a bulldozer + crane in the mean time.

So when you arrive, just pull your truck up to the existing pile and offload. Do watch for rusty nails – one almost got me – and loose debris.

And whatever you do, don’t bring anything back from the dump except an empty truck!

3 Comments so far

  1. Ex-Hy Hy (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

    My clock’s still runnin’. Huh.

  2. fedward (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 5:02 pm

    Why, we were there just a couple months ago. Twice in one day. And now that we’re thinking of moving into a nicer apartment we’ll probably have to make a few more trips, since I’ve been in this apartment eight years and that’s a long time to accumulate crap.

    I was surprised when they told me to put my old, broken microwave in the pile. I thought they broke those down for parts and scrap.

  3. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

    I used to help my brother haul miscellaneous shit to the dump. The guy who lived next to the dump was in heaven and his yard looked like Dogpatch.

    He would drive next door with a lawn tractor outfitted with a small trailor and load up on useless stuff others didn’t want. It was funny to see. Mostly it seemed he kept that stuff in his yard.

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