Landfill Richard Hammond's Crash Course


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At the Denver Regional Landfill site, Richard operates a bulldozer, a compactor and a scraper in a mountain of stinky rubbish.


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A sleepy suburb of Denver,

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nestling securely in the comforting shadows of the Rockies.

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The people there are going about their daily lives, raising families,

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enjoying the natural beauty of their surroundings in Colorado.

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And each making their own small

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but equally significant contribution...

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to this.

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I've driven just about every high-powered vehicle there is.

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But that was just for fun.

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The world's biggest, baddest vehicles are made to work.

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So now I've decided to travel across the United States

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to see if I can conquer the monsters of the worksite.

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I'll have just three days to learn how to handle

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these complex and dangerous machines

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that normally take years of training to master.

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And in the end, we'll find out if I'm good enough to get the job done.

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This is the Denver Regional Landfill.

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This place can handle, process

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and dispose of 4,000 tons of refuse a day.

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A task that big requires some specialist tools,

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not just one machine.

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These three.

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Bulldozer, compactor and scraper.

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I've got three days to learn how to handle all three.

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And at the end, to pass my final exam,

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use them to handle and dispose of a mound of trash equivalent

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to what I would've produced in my life so far - about 26 tons.

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I thought I was tidy.

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It turns out my mum was right.

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So Brian, I'm here, ready to get my hands on the vehicles. I can't wait.

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But before I do that,

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I've got to know how the place works.

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So you're in charge. What goes on here?

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Richard, essentially,

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everything that everybody puts out on their curbs

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and thinks it just disappears, it actually comes here.

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We manage it and dispose of it in an environmentally safe

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and friendly manner.

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Once the trash comes in here they're going to dump,

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we'll have the bulldozer pushing it into place.

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The packer will then be running over it.

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And then we're going to cover it with the scraper.

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They each have a specific role and have to work together

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for this whole place to function.

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-Absolutely.

-It looks almost a choreographed routine.

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Stuff comes in, it's spread out, it's compacted and covered.

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At the end of the day, it's a nice, fresh hill again.

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Our dance of chaos.

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It might be when I get in there.

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It actually is chaos briefly. But I will try.

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I will try and fit in with your team, I promise.

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Now, since I have only three days to master three giant machines,

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I best get started.

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First up, the mighty bulldozer.

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The bulldozer here is primarily what we use to push the trash

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once it comes off the trucks.

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So in essence, what we've got is tracks here, engine.

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-Yes, sir.

-It's a big one.

-It's a huge one.

-Yeah.

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-About 325 horsepower.

-That's plenty,

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-and a whole lot of torque.

-Yes, sir.

-That's what I'm guessing.

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Then you can't really help but see this,

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-this is her blade?

-Yes, this is the blade.

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-It's a standard flat blade used to push the trash every day.

-Right.

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These teeth in the bottom are called cutting edges.

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What ends up happening right here,

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this bottom edge here, is what is engaging the ground.

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So that wears quicker than anything on the dozer.

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And when the cutting edge gets worn down too far,

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-it starts cutting into the blade.

-That's expensive.

-That's expensive.

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These are a couple of hundred dollars,

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but this blade is thousands of dollars.

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So these are like a disposable razor?

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-Exactly.

-So let's make it begin.

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-Make it begin.

-Yeah.

-Let's do it.

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Fire it up. Maybe it's the proportions of a bulldozer.

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It's just kind of... It's just a lump of muscle, isn't it?

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I'll walk.

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OK. Chris, carry on.

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Is there an official term you say to begin the demonstration of fine art?

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-No, I think carry on...

-Bulldozer...

-Bulldozer is just fine.

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OK. So now here comes the dozer.

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Let's just move out of the way of that as well. Many things to...

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What you can see is just the pure power of that.

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It's not even feeling that, it's not even aware.

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And again, he's shifting tons and tons of stuff around

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but with finesse. He's finessing that blade off the floor.

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Exactly, right.

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He doesn't want to dig down too deep,

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he doesn't want to expose that trash down below,

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so he's just skimming it right off

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and placing it in the hole right where he wants it.

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But he's actually making the earth move as he does it. It's vibrating.

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Yeah, you can feel it. We're standing on trash.

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We're standing on 30 years' worth of trash right here.

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-Brian, I've just got one other question as we stand here.

-Yeah?

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Which is, when are you going to let me have a go driving that thing?

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-You ready?

-Yeah, I am ready. I'm ready, let's do it.

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I notice where you've brought me.

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There's... You haven't got a lot of faith in me, have you?

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-Because it's empty here.

-I wouldn't say it's not a lot of faith.

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I'd say this is where we take the rookies to learn.

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-You ready to go?

-Yeah, I'm ready.

-Let's do it.

-Yeah.

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I'm feeling scared.

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I'll be honest, has it grown?

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This is your key to start it up.

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-Yeah.

-Turtle.

-Yeah.

-Turtle means?

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-Slow.

-Rabbit means?

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Mating.

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Close. Fast!

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Oh, yeah. I got it. I got it.

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It's notable, the absence of a steering wheel.

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-That's all done with this?

-Left, right.

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This is your blade.

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Forward is down, back is up.

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Left or right, it'll tilt the blade.

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Right, in the contours and...

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You know, being a good operator is about feeling it in the seat.

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It's about time in the seat.

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You really start to feel the grade when you're sitting in the seat.

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-You ready?

-Yes.

-Turn that key.

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There's a lot of things happen.

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Oh, is that bad?

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Nope, you're all right. Turn her over.

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-So...

-Move it forward.

-Forward?

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It's really sensitive.

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OK, now, now, hit the throttle button. Hit the rabbit.

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How fast are you going?

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Three point five, it feels like a million.

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Take this and just crank it over.

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Go all the way.

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You're still in gear, so you'll roll until you put it in neutral.

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There you go.

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There's only two speeds for this engine, idle and....

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-All or nothing.

-Yeah.

-Unless you feather that.

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Yeah. That's cool.

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You want to go by yourself?

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Yeah, yeah.

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-OK. Good luck.

-Oh, God!

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You are in the trash, mister.

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Yeah, want it!

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You really are carving

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and shaping with this thing and modelling with it.

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I'm not aware of it, it isn't struggling.

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That's remarkable.

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It's like it's not trying. It hasn't noticed, I swear.

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So what do you think?

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It could just create hell but has no... It doesn't know.

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It's easy to create hell but it's harder to create perfection.

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Why don't you come on down?

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I'll show you what this thing can really do.

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No matter, rain, shine, snow, whatever it is,

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-we're pushing trash, baby.

-Yes!

-This is our life right here.

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Let's push trash in the rain. It's just more fun.

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OK. What are we doing here?

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Right now, we're going to find out what this bulldozer can do

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in the hands of an expert.

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Inevitably, when somebody first gets in, they're heavy on the blade.

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We are going to use it to tip over this trailer

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that you see in front of you.

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OK. That's assuming it doesn't get washed away in the meantime, right.

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Well, if we're ready to do this, Chris, carry on.

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What he's going to do, is he's going to take his blade

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and he's going to position it right on the frame there.

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He's going to just run and lift up his blades slightly.

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So, this is about positioning?

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-Absolutely.

-And then precision use of the blade?

-Finesse.

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Oh, yeah, he's knocked it...

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So, he's put it on its side.

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Oh, wow! 'That was simply amazing.'

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Chris was able to take the 42-ton bulldozer

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and use its blade like a spatula, gently flipping over the trailer

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-like it was an egg in a frying pan.

-There you have it, Richard.

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So the game here is to roll it over without destroying it too much.

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-That is the finesse...

-OK.

-..of the brawn right there.

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So, you take the massive 40-ton bulldozer and carefully

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roll the mobile home over, causing little damage as possible?

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Absolutely.

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That gives you an idea of just how easily it is to take all that power

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and turn it into the finesse.

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OK. So this is a test?

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-This is a test. Are you ready?

-Yeah.

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We got another one for you.

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OK. I'm confident.

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-Yeah, I can see that.

-I am, I am.

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-Nice work.

-Thank you.

-Well done.

-Thank you.

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All right, Richard. You saw how the expert did it.

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-Yeah.

-Now, it's time for you to flip your trailer.

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-This is mine?

-Are you ready?

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Yeah, just before I do it, I want...you know,

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-a quick look of what I'm going to do it to.

-She's a beaut.

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You know, I've rented worse.

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It's a fixer-upper.

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Lick of paint, pictures on the walls,

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put that chair the right way up.

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When I finish flipping this, you could live in it.

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Just pop it back on its wheels and move in.

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Excellent. Let's see what you got.

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Can you hear me in there, Richard?

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Sadly no, so I'm just going to go crazy.

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Hold on. I've got to adjust the seat up here. Who's been driving this?

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-Quit stalling, come on.

-All right, starting.

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BEEPING

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Uh, I don't like it when it does that.

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Fire it up.

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-It works.

-One thing we want to watch, Richard, is the frame.

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If it gets caught in those tracks, it can easily whip right back up

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and catch you in the cab.

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Right, thanks. You tell me that now. Good, OK.

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So this is also dangerous as well as humiliating.

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Good. Thank you.

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The frame might jump up there and get you.

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I just suddenly don't feel so confident.

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-Safety first.

-OK, I'm going now. Here we go, this is it. I'm going.

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Come on, Richard, let's go.

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Lift it, lift it.

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Keep going forward. Good.

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Just watch this frame on your left side here.

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-Chris, we better back up, huh?

-Yeah, amen.

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I don't know how this rookie's going to do at this.

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I'm using finesse.

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I think I got it. I think I got it.

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-Yeah, it's going to go over.

-He's not square to it.

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Come this way.

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Why is it not working like it did when Chris did it?

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Because we're the experts, buddy.

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He needs to come back and grab it under more.

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A little bit of a shove. That's all it needed.

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Whoo! There you go. Oh, man. Rookie?

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I think in essence I've got it. It's just the timing, isn't it? Watch.

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Uh-oh. It's toast now.

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Man, he destroyed it.

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I kind of thought I had it briefly.

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It's about finding the tipping point, isn't it?

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-Yeah.

-Tipping it with your hand and then you feel it go.

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Exactly, right.

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I love the feel of that. I love the machine. I've got all...

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-It's a powerhouse, huh?

-Yeah, and it's just an obedient bull.

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It just does what you want it to do.

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Assuming you know what... I want one. I need one. How much are they?

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About 650,000.

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That's like three Lamborghinis each. Isn't it?

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-That's pretty close.

-Yeah.

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It would be nice.

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It's a great machine. I love it to bits.

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I really enjoyed that.

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On the whole, this is such a great idea.

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I get to spend time with unique, specialised working vehicles,

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learn to operate them and really discover what they can do.

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It's great. I love it.

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But there's always a downside for every upside.

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And in this particular case,

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it's scraping the trash out of the tracks of the bulldozer.

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That's right. You've had a lot of fun on this equipment,

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now it's time to put it in the work.

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So this is kind of basic daily maintenance.

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You got to do this cos this stuff will get caught up in there.

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Absolutely. What we're really worried about

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is this final drive back here.

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This is what drives the whole tracks and all the machine.

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And if there's any wire or anything that gets caught back there,

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it's going to destroy this final drive,

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so we're working to make sure we clear all that out.

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You wouldn't think that such a big beast could be affected

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by bits of trash, would you? But it can.

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Little pieces of wire is all it takes.

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-You just jab that in there.

-I am jabbing!

-Come on.

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All right, Richard,

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-I'll be coming back in about an hour or so to check on you.

-An hour?

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Yeah, that's about what it'll take for a rookie.

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-Have fun, all right?

-Oh, yeah, yeah.

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If this were a cookery show, this is the bit

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in which I'd, you know, pop it in the oven and come back

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ten seconds later and it was done.

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I'll try it. No, it's not done.

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You might want to go and make a coffee or something.

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This is going to get nasty. It's really unpleasant.

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I cleaned my hands.

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I really cleaned my hands before I ate.

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What's the most ridiculous thing that's ever happened here?

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The most ridiculous thing that's ever happened out here?

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Tom's got a story to tell.

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Remember the... Longmont Hospitals sent people out here?

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They had lost a biopsy.

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They had a biopsy and they accidentally put it in a wrong bag.

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Went out the trash and they come out here looking for it.

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"How big is this biopsy?"

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"Oh, about the size of a small pork roast."

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Argh. That's a...

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"How big was the guy you took it out of?!"

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They couldn't find it. They had to go get another one.

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Who was sent out to look for it?

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Some people from the hospital.

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-It's a job for the rookie.

-Yeah.

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And one of the most special loads that we've gotten,

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there is a marijuana crop that was grown up in the mountains.

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-Oh, I remember that.

-Yeah.

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Yeah, I'm sorry they took away your cash crop for your retirement.

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The FBI went and busted it.

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They couldn't burn all of it though, because it was such a windy day.

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So they had escorts coming in and they had to have a special

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burial process where we dug a hole for them

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and they sat and watched as it was dumped in.

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So now the joke is that you go and you stand by one of those gas wells

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that are going down through that area, the landfill.

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You just sit there by the gas well and get your contact high

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from the special load that came in.

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-We can go and do that later, if you want.

-We might.

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End of day one and I think everybody has pretty much agreed

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that I have learnt to handle the big bulldozer with laser accuracy.

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All that remains to do today now,

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is spend the next hour or four in a really hot shower.

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It's all... Yeah, now that's not coming out.

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It's...argh!

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Day two for me here at the Denver Regional Landfill.

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I've tasked myself with learning to handle all their heavy machinery

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to do what they do.

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Believe me, it's a lot more than just dumping stuff.

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It has to be processed, environmental concerns to work to,

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even aesthetic and visual ones.

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They're building a hill.

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And to do all that they use three key very specialised machines.

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Bulldozer, compactor and scraper.

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I've challenged myself to learn to operate all three

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in just three days and in the end, I'll be tested

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to see if I can cut it here as part of the team.

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Yesterday, I learned how to drive the bulldozer.

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Today, they're moving upscale. It's time for the big dog.

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I'm going to learn to drive the compactor.

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It's huge. I've got to drive it.

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So this is the trash compactor, Richard.

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This looks... What's its job?

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Trash comes in loose, got a lot of air in it.

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We're here to pack it down, rip it up and make it one tight surface.

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OK. So, what features does it have that it allows it to do that?

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-The big monster teeth right there.

-I'd noticed those.

-And the weight.

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-Yes. How much does it weigh?

-123,000 pounds.

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-123,000.

-That's a lot.

-Many tons.

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Many tons. Probably about 60 or so.

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That's a lot of unit there.

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This tip is really the business end of the compactor.

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You got to think of all this weight, 123,000 pounds,

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being focused on this little surface area.

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-You don't want to get your foot under there.

-I don't mind.

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-You don't mind?

-It's steel toe caps. I have to wear them.

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Look, I'm not feeling this. See?

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-OK. Let me go fire it up.

-No, I'm fine.

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I mean, these are critical. This is what it's about. Isn't it?

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When this puts its tippy-toes down, all the weight goes through that.

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It's a difference between doing that with a nail and that with your hand.

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-That doesn't hurt, that does.

-Exactly.

-That's what its job is.

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It roams about the place, crushing stuff down.

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Concrete, you name it, couches, whatever.

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-It runs it right over and crushes it up.

-Another question.

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Can I have a go?

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Come on, I'm going to do all three. That's the point.

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OK. Let's go for a ride.

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Thank you very much. I thought you'd never offer.

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-Oh.

-What's the matter?

-Chris, did you leave this unlocked?

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Yeah.

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Somebody's nicked the steering wheel, it's stolen, gone. Look.

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Yeah, we're going back to the joysticks.

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-Right. OK.

-So I'll put this down.

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Chair of power. Oh, I like that. That's like a throne.

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-You're in this thing for 12 hours a day.

-Your feet go here?

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-It's a foot rest.

-I feel like I'm giving birth.

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-Let's start? OK.

-Left and right.

-Left and right.

-That's all you got.

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Over there in your right hand, the up and down of the joystick's the blade.

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That lever sticking up is forward and reverse.

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I was expecting to... Right now in here!

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Two hands, and put your shoulder into it.

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-So, can I move?

-Yeah, have at it.

-Here I go.

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I engage forwards, with the pitiful little lever.

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Yeah.

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I'm moving away. Oh, oh, you see, that just feels strange.

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-It's different.

-Yeah, that is...

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So will this trip it up?

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-No way.

-Oh, it's clawing its way hand over hand.

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Exactly, exactly. Pick it up to third gear, Richard.

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Let see what this thing's got.

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We're in third.

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Yeah, yeah. Let's go now.

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This is actually the least comfortable

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of all the machines I've operated.

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When you're in the trash, it's a lot better

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because you've got a softer surface they're mashing over.

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Right, here I go.

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Nearly there, front wheels are about to go on. Front wheels are on.

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You're in the trash, mister.

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Yeah, I'm on it. Here we go now. I'm compacting.

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Give it a shove.

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Compacting trash, yeah, I'm on it. I'm compacting.

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-Yeah.

-It does feel softer. It's more comfortable.

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-I'll be honest, it doesn't smell fresher.

-No.

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But it's more comfortable.

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There are cab filters, so nothing bad is getting in here.

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That's good.

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Yeah. Oh, now she's working.

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There he goes, right it on the face.

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Put your blade down a little bit.

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So, you really are carving and shaping with this thing.

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You're modelling with it.

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Yup, and once you get to the toe, you got to lift it up a little bit,

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so you smear it on the slope and then drag it across the top.

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Well, now the angles are getting quite alarming but...

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-Ooh.

-That's a long ways down there.

-Yes. Isn't it?

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Oh, oh, oh, that's nasty.

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Oh, God!

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We call that the pucker effect.

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Yeah, isn't it? Isn't it? Oh, God.

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Several tons of trash is gone.

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So, this is the slope that you made me turn around on?

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-Yes, sir.

-I'll be honest, I was a bit nervous

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because, well, I mean, I've ran various off-road vehicles at home.

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-This is... What grading slope is this?

-This is a 41 slope.

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That's pretty steep and I would approach this with some trepidation,

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especially when you're turning round at this point

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when you cross the slope and it feels like you're going over.

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But in that 60 tons of vehicle,

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never felt like it was going to go over.

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It's about the low centre of gravity

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and the teeth grabbing a hold of the hill, is what it's about.

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All the weight low down and those teeth, it really does feel like

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-a cat on a curtain. It's not letting go.

-Exactly.

0:20:420:20:45

-It's absolutely fixed.

-Exactly.

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Driving this thing, straight away I got a sense of its power, its might.

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It's a specialist in crushing stuff

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and I just wish I could find a way of showing you that visually.

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I'd have to find something so awful,

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something big but so terrible, we'd be glad to see it crushed.

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Something that deserves to be destroyed

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under the compactor's mighty wheels.

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I think you can see where this is going.

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This is serious work we're doing.

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We're demonstrating the power of potency,

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of a specialised working vehicle,

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and I think it deserves thinking about.

0:21:220:21:25

Yeah, we're not messing about here. This is science.

0:21:250:21:28

Ready.

0:21:280:21:30

-Yeah.

-Have at it. There it goes.

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Oh, it's pushing.

0:21:330:21:35

No, no. We're all right.

0:21:350:21:37

Chasing it. Come here, you little critter. Try that on.

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Turn your wheel over there. There you go.

0:21:410:21:44

So it's just the engine block that's causing it to stand.

0:21:440:21:46

Yes, exactly.

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This isn't sophisticated that we're doing now.

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No, this is all about power right now.

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-Oh, look at that.

-Look at that.

-Like a surgeon, a surgeon did it.

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There she goes. That is...

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I don't think that'll punch out, will it?

0:22:110:22:13

You know what? One more, let's back up and give it one more time.

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-Yeah, yeah.

-Put it in neutral.

-Yeah.

-Rev it up.

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And just run this thing back and forth, dig into that thing.

0:22:200:22:23

-Oh, I see what you're doing.

-Kind of rubbing it in.

0:22:230:22:26

-Oh, yeah. Here's the engine block.

-That's the engine block?

0:22:260:22:29

Yeah, yeah. There's the last of it.

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Boom!

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Yeah, that's good now.

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Boom!

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Yeah, I think we finished that.

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-I think it's gone.

-I'd say that's... We've done it.

0:22:440:22:48

There you go. That's pretty impressive.

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Oh, yes.

0:22:500:22:53

Good old American minivan.

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Oh, look at your handiwork, Richard.

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Look at that. It's like an art installation.

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It's landfill art that, we made it.

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That's about the coolest thing I've ever seen.

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It's one fewer. I like to look at it as a start.

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I think in the interest of communicating to you

0:23:070:23:09

the power and potency of that machine, I think we all did...

0:23:090:23:12

That was time well spent.

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It was five minutes. We had some time.

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We had the minivan, we had a 60-ton compactor,

0:23:150:23:18

you'd have done the same.

0:23:180:23:20

Well, you brought me to a small tank and a big tank, what's going on?

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This is our condensate holding tank.

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Basically, what happens

0:23:290:23:30

is we have a methane extraction system set up on the well.

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The gas gets condensed in these tubes.

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Because of gravity flow, it all runs down the hill

0:23:350:23:38

and gets deposited inside this tank.

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-This is the gas that's produced by all the trash in there?

-Yes, sir.

0:23:400:23:43

-30 years' worth?

-Yes, sir.

-And it condenses?

-Yup.

0:23:430:23:46

Because of the temperature difference.

0:23:460:23:48

It turns back to a liquid

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and it runs down the tubes into that tank?

0:23:500:23:52

-Yup.

-So that's trash juice?

-Yeah. That's a good way, yeah, trash juice.

0:23:520:23:56

-Just thought of that.

-That's trash juice. I like that.

0:23:560:23:59

-Let's go around the back.

-OK. Right.

0:23:590:24:00

-I'm not going to get in there or anything?

-No, we're not getting in.

0:24:000:24:04

-You don't pull a glass off?

-No, no, no.

0:24:040:24:06

Is it nice for gin?

0:24:060:24:08

So, what I got over here, Richard, this is my stick

0:24:080:24:11

-I use to check the level inside the condensate tank.

-High tech.

0:24:110:24:15

All this high tech stuff going on.

0:24:150:24:17

It all comes down to a stick that I made.

0:24:170:24:18

-I see. It works?

-Yeah.

-It works.

-Exactly.

0:24:180:24:20

I'm guessing it smells good.

0:24:200:24:23

Smells great.

0:24:230:24:24

-I can get you a whiff of it real quick.

-No, I'm fine.

-No, no.

0:24:240:24:27

-Come on now.

-Oh! Oh!

-Come on now.

-Thank you.

0:24:270:24:30

Oh, that's fresh! It's nice. Yeah!

0:24:300:24:34

Yeah, that's one for after lunch.

0:24:340:24:37

Oh, it's a smell you can feel.

0:24:370:24:40

We just stick this in here. Pull it back out.

0:24:400:24:43

Right there is the water level. Right below my hand.

0:24:430:24:47

-Below your hand is better than on your hand, I'm guessing.

-Exactly.

0:24:470:24:50

So that's the stuff that's condensed out?

0:24:500:24:52

Yes. That's the liquid.

0:24:520:24:54

Ultimately, that's going to be used to power turbines

0:24:540:24:57

to generate electricity so that that becomes an energy mine.

0:24:570:25:01

-Exactly.

-Let's go somewhere fresher.

-OK.

0:25:010:25:06

It's day three. I'm getting ever closer to my final exam

0:25:070:25:10

where I'll be responsible for processing over 26 tons of trash.

0:25:100:25:14

I set myself the challenge of learning how to operate

0:25:140:25:17

the three key specialised machines they use

0:25:170:25:19

here at the Denver Regional Landfill Site

0:25:190:25:21

in a kind of choreographed heavy machinery ballet.

0:25:210:25:26

For my final exam,

0:25:260:25:27

I'll have to prove I'm able to dance in that ballet

0:25:270:25:30

by processing over 26 tons of trash all by myself.

0:25:300:25:34

So far, I've mastered two, the bulldozer and the compactor.

0:25:340:25:38

Now, I must learn how to use probably the most complicated

0:25:380:25:41

and mind-bending piece of machinery here, the scraper.

0:25:410:25:44

So this is the scraper.

0:25:490:25:50

Justin, one thing I've noticed straightaway,

0:25:500:25:53

-it's big, isn't it big?

-Yeah.

0:25:530:25:56

It's always slightly further away than you think it is.

0:25:560:25:59

It's further to go... I must be there now.

0:25:590:26:01

No, it's getting bigger, it's getting bigger.

0:26:010:26:03

I'd like to point something out. I know in my odd little life,

0:26:030:26:06

it's always going to be a good day when you set out to drive something

0:26:060:26:10

with wheels taller than you are.

0:26:100:26:11

Now we got that ratio going on there.

0:26:110:26:14

-What's it for?

-It just moves dirt. That really is all it is.

0:26:150:26:20

Here at the landfill, we use it to cover the trash.

0:26:200:26:22

So if ever there was a single-purpose machine,

0:26:220:26:25

-all of this, this, this?

-Yeah, yeah.

0:26:250:26:29

But on a really big scale. How does it do it? Talk me through it.

0:26:290:26:32

This is one of the twin engines scrapers.

0:26:320:26:34

-We got one in the front, one in the back, obviously.

-Two engines?

0:26:340:26:37

-Right.

-Don't say obviously, man. Obviously.

0:26:370:26:40

I got two engines on my scraper.

0:26:400:26:42

They're about 500 horse apiece.

0:26:420:26:44

-1,000 horsepower?

-Right.

-I like that.

0:26:450:26:47

You got your cutting edge.

0:26:490:26:51

You just pop that into the dirt.

0:26:510:26:53

As you're driving along, it just scoops it up.

0:26:530:26:55

This is called your apron

0:26:550:26:57

-and that holds it all in the bowl.

-That collects all the dirt in there?

0:26:570:27:00

How much?

0:27:000:27:01

Right around 30 cubic yards.

0:27:010:27:04

If it's heaved all the way up to the top of the trash rack there,

0:27:040:27:08

it's about 35 yards.

0:27:080:27:10

Right. And then back... One thing. I wouldn't want to replace a tyre.

0:27:100:27:14

No. You don't want to.

0:27:140:27:16

They're, I think, about 14,000 a piece.

0:27:160:27:18

All right, but they last years, surely.

0:27:180:27:22

I mean you're not going to damage it, are you?

0:27:220:27:24

-We puncture a tyre weekly.

-One of these a week?

0:27:240:27:27

-Right.

-Oh! I'd hate to be given a wheel bracer there, the little jack.

0:27:270:27:32

Something tells me, I don't know why...

0:27:330:27:37

-This isn't easy to drive, is it?

-It is really dangerous.

0:27:370:27:40

-How long have you been driving it?

-12 years.

-Used to it?

-Yeah.

0:27:400:27:43

How long did it take?

0:27:430:27:44

-It took a couple of years doing it every single day.

-OK.

0:27:440:27:47

You can figure out how to make it do what you want.

0:27:470:27:50

There's roughly 40 tons' worth of dirt in the bowl

0:27:500:27:53

and the machine itself, when you load it, is 200,000 pounds.

0:27:530:27:57

When you have it all the way up in the air,

0:27:570:28:00

that's a really high centre of gravity

0:28:000:28:02

and going round corners or if you're working on the side of the slope,

0:28:020:28:06

it's real easy to turn it over.

0:28:060:28:08

It can be pretty dangerous, but to me now,

0:28:080:28:11

it's just like driving your car.

0:28:110:28:13

So, in essence, what we got here, is it weighs 100 tons fully loaded

0:28:130:28:16

and it might well flip over and roll on top of me.

0:28:160:28:19

-Yeah, that's right.

-OK.

-Yeah. Are you ready to learn?

0:28:190:28:22

No. Yes, yes, I am.

0:28:220:28:24

I'm ready to concentrate really hard.

0:28:240:28:26

Here's a suggestion, Justin.

0:28:260:28:29

Why don't you drive it first and show me how it works?

0:28:290:28:33

-OK.

-Right this way.

-Yeah.

0:28:330:28:35

-Oh, it sounds powerful, it is big.

-Yeah, it's a beast.

-It's a beast.

0:28:380:28:42

-You see both engines are working in the backpack there?

-Yeah.

0:28:420:28:45

-So, he's now scraping?

-He's scraping.

-Yup, he's in.

0:28:450:28:48

-Ever had incidents in one of them?

-I've actually got it airborne

0:28:480:28:51

and I end up getting hurt pretty bad on it.

0:28:510:28:53

-Not really built for jumping is it?

-No, not at all.

0:28:530:28:56

-And it looks quite manoeuvrable.

-It is. It's just like the dozer was.

0:28:560:29:00

It's very sensitive when I'm moving that steering wheel around.

0:29:000:29:03

-Oh, it's full.

-It is full.

-He's just filled it.

0:29:030:29:06

Justin, try not to grin so much.

0:29:060:29:08

People will think you're enjoying your work.

0:29:080:29:10

He's going to dump it right here for us.

0:29:100:29:13

-So that is 100 tons of vehicle, isn't it?

-Right now.

0:29:130:29:15

-So now he's...

-He's dumping it out. See the apron in the front

0:29:150:29:19

-pushing the dirt out?

-Yeah, yeah.

0:29:190:29:20

So of all the machines you've got here,

0:29:200:29:23

with the dozer and all the rest, is this a favourite one to operate?

0:29:230:29:26

-That's my favourite.

-Really?

0:29:260:29:28

I imagine, when you open the door,

0:29:280:29:29

do you surf out on a sea of testosterone?

0:29:290:29:33

-Oh, yeah. You're just pumped.

-Yeah.

0:29:330:29:35

That's 60 cubic yards of soil that he was able to move

0:29:370:29:40

-right exactly where we wanted it.

-It took him minutes.

-Minutes.

0:29:400:29:44

Yeah. Quick and dirty.

0:29:440:29:45

How long does it take to master that?

0:29:450:29:47

To be able to load it and then lay ribbons like that with the soil,

0:29:470:29:52

it takes years of practice.

0:29:520:29:54

See, I got more sort of...hours.

0:29:540:29:56

The nice part about it, is you've got first gear, second gear and drive.

0:29:560:30:00

In first gear, you're only getting up to a few miles an hour.

0:30:000:30:03

That's enough.

0:30:030:30:04

It's got a steering wheel that you're going to be used to.

0:30:040:30:06

There's something familiar in there?

0:30:060:30:08

Other than that, the way it steers, the way it moves,

0:30:080:30:11

the fact that it's got two engines and two throttle pedals.

0:30:110:30:14

-Remember I said yesterday, wait till tomorrow?

-Yeah.

0:30:140:30:16

-Tomorrow's here.

-Now I know why! Wish me luck, guys.

0:30:160:30:19

I'm quite nervous.

0:30:200:30:22

I am quite nervous.

0:30:220:30:23

No, I don't mind sharing it, because it's just big.

0:30:230:30:29

-Yeah, it is. You'll get used to it. We have two motors.

-Yes.

0:30:290:30:33

Three pedals, one controls the brakes where your foot's at now,

0:30:330:30:38

then that's the rear engine and the next one over is your front engine.

0:30:380:30:42

Right.

0:30:420:30:43

This is the joystick control.

0:30:430:30:46

You see, the joystick itself moves four different ways.

0:30:460:30:49

The forward and backward is your bull control.

0:30:490:30:52

Your side to side is your ejector.

0:30:520:30:54

The first button, transmission hold button.

0:30:540:30:57

You see there's a pivot here,

0:30:570:30:59

that is your apron control.

0:30:590:31:01

-This is a weird machine, isn't it?

-It really isn't that bad.

0:31:010:31:04

No, no. It's just everything you've said ends with,

0:31:040:31:07

-"..or it'll roll."

-JUSTIN CHUCKLES

0:31:070:31:09

Sometimes, it feels like you're in a big worm or something.

0:31:090:31:12

-Right. Can I have a go?

-Yeah!

0:31:120:31:14

ENGINE RUMBLES

0:31:140:31:17

So it's turning the whole of the U that I'm in.

0:31:170:31:20

That is weird. Aah.

0:31:200:31:23

That's was weird is when you turn the wheel...

0:31:230:31:26

it turns you. That's really weird.

0:31:260:31:29

-Nice bull.

-Why don't you try to hit the throttle on the rear engine too?

0:31:290:31:33

-There you go.

-Oh, yeah.

0:31:330:31:36

Whoa. Whoa. That's a lot of power.

0:31:360:31:39

It feels huge and squirmy

0:31:390:31:42

and slightly alive.

0:31:420:31:44

This feels enormous, unlike anything else.

0:31:440:31:48

It's like a giant worm.

0:31:480:31:49

-'How are you feeling, Richard?'

-It feels unlike anything else.

0:31:490:31:52

Because of the size of it, you imagine it's going to be rigid

0:31:520:31:55

and solid but it's so flexible. It moves and bucks.

0:31:550:31:58

So now I'm going to get into position to do a run, yeah?

0:31:580:32:01

10-4. Let's do it.

0:32:010:32:02

Oh, this is it.

0:32:020:32:04

It's like firing a missile. It's a big moment.

0:32:040:32:07

Well, fire away then.

0:32:070:32:08

Oh, I can see it working! I can actually see it.

0:32:110:32:15

This thing is really a mighty machine.

0:32:150:32:18

Oh, yeah. I'm digging chunks out of the earth.

0:32:180:32:22

It's a juggling act between closing that apron

0:32:220:32:25

to keep in you what you've got, digging the blade in to get more.

0:32:250:32:29

Careful of not lifting the can too high

0:32:290:32:31

cos the centre of gravity comes up and that's dangerous.

0:32:310:32:34

-I'm putting dirt down.

-'That's good. Now, start pulling the ejector.'

0:32:350:32:39

Which was the ejector?

0:32:390:32:41

Pull the joystick sideways

0:32:410:32:43

'towards the steering wheel. There you go. That's it.'

0:32:430:32:46

-Yeah, I'm making a road!

-That's good.

0:32:460:32:49

So what's next in my training?

0:32:530:32:55

All right, Richard. It's time to up the ante.

0:32:550:32:57

Justin operated one of these in Iraq

0:32:570:32:59

and he set up a nice little obstacle course for you to demonstrate

0:32:590:33:03

what he had to go through on a daily basis.

0:33:030:33:06

-Are you ready for the challenge?

-Is there a choice?

0:33:060:33:08

-No. No choice.

-Yeah, I'm ready.

0:33:080:33:10

-I'm ready. I'm ready. I'm ready.

-All right. Let's do it.

0:33:100:33:13

Well, I'm pretty good and I have mastered the basics of the scraper.

0:33:130:33:16

At least, I hope I have, because it's time now for a little test.

0:33:160:33:19

Because of the worm-like way the scraper moves,

0:33:190:33:23

it can be difficult to keep in a straight line which is necessary

0:33:230:33:26

to quickly and effectively cover trash at this busy landfill.

0:33:260:33:30

They've laid out a track for me.

0:33:300:33:31

My job is to stay within that track.

0:33:310:33:33

If I stray from it, I'll lose points.

0:33:330:33:36

But they're a bit cleverer than that here.

0:33:360:33:38

There's an extra incentive to stay on the track.

0:33:380:33:40

Bear with me, this is quite subtle.

0:33:400:33:41

As an extra incentive to stay on that track,

0:33:410:33:43

they've lined it

0:33:430:33:45

with landmines.

0:33:450:33:47

Yeah.

0:33:490:33:50

I'm going to really try.

0:33:510:33:53

I'm confident.

0:33:530:33:55

OK, Richard.

0:34:000:34:01

So, my last two overseas, I was in Route Clearance.

0:34:010:34:04

In Route Clearance, we look for landmines on the side of the road.

0:34:040:34:07

So on this course, you're going to go straight down the road,

0:34:070:34:10

pick up a load, come back and dump it.

0:34:100:34:14

But we marked all our landmines with red tape, so avoid those.

0:34:140:34:18

If you hit one, you'll get a taste of what we did overseas.

0:34:180:34:22

-Easy.

-Yeah, right. OK.

0:34:240:34:25

Now, let's get out of the blast zone before you get started.

0:34:250:34:29

Oh, thank you. Thank you. Oh, God.

0:34:290:34:31

Going into gear.

0:34:330:34:34

OK. We are going.

0:34:340:34:36

Give me some power now.

0:34:360:34:37

Move in carefully.

0:34:370:34:39

All right. Come on. Bring it on.

0:34:390:34:41

Remain inside. That's what really matters.

0:34:410:34:44

-BANG!

-Aaah! No!

0:34:460:34:48

Oh!

0:34:480:34:50

No. I'm not made for this kind of pressure.

0:34:500:34:52

Yes. Get a load.

0:34:520:34:54

Just give her a little bit of throttle

0:34:540:34:56

and take it on down the hill.

0:34:560:34:58

Yeah, I'm cutting. I am cutting. Yeah!

0:34:580:35:02

There you go. Now you can ease your cutting engine just a little bit more.

0:35:020:35:05

That looks good.

0:35:050:35:07

-'Can you put it down some more?'

-Oh!

-Oh.

0:35:070:35:09

-BANG!

-Whoa! Another bomb!

0:35:090:35:11

Whoa.

0:35:110:35:12

Well, there was another one.

0:35:130:35:15

I'm not sure how much dirt I've actually picked up here.

0:35:150:35:18

It looks like you're started losing your load there.

0:35:180:35:20

Where do I turn round?

0:35:200:35:22

Go about 50 yards out and flip around to your left.

0:35:220:35:26

We're just going to take a few steps back, Richard,

0:35:260:35:28

just in case you decide to hit any more landmines.

0:35:280:35:31

Yeah. Sorry about that.

0:35:310:35:32

Accuracy, not my strong point yet, but I made it.

0:35:320:35:35

Right, where do I spread?

0:35:350:35:36

All right. I want you to drop that load right up at the top here.

0:35:360:35:39

OK. Here I come.

0:35:390:35:41

It's hard to keep the thing straight.

0:35:430:35:45

That is the difficult thing about it.

0:35:450:35:47

-BANG!

-Oh! Ah!

0:35:470:35:50

Oh.

0:35:500:35:51

All right. OK, right about there

0:35:510:35:54

'and just ease the apron open

0:35:540:35:56

'and start pulling the ejector.

0:35:560:35:58

'That's a lot more dirt than last time.'

0:35:580:36:00

Great job, Richard. That was a pretty good load.

0:36:000:36:02

-BANG!

-Oh.

0:36:020:36:04

Oh, sorry.

0:36:040:36:05

How do you feel with that landmine?

0:36:050:36:07

I'm not used to this whole landmine thing.

0:36:070:36:10

THEY LAUGH

0:36:100:36:11

OK. You can turn right and come on back over here to us

0:36:110:36:14

and we'll see how you did.

0:36:140:36:15

It's a big old thing to try and be accurate with, isn't it?

0:36:180:36:20

It is. Yup.

0:36:200:36:22

And every steering input, you... Aah, boom.

0:36:220:36:25

Aah, oh, no, no, I'm over there, there's a bang over there.

0:36:250:36:28

I'm just thinking that of everything I've ever operated,

0:36:280:36:30

that's one of them that's right up there for,

0:36:300:36:32

you could imagine how you could only get better with time.

0:36:320:36:35

You'll eventually get so good that once you set that can,

0:36:350:36:37

you're looking forward where you're going

0:36:370:36:39

and you're riding that can all by your feel.

0:36:390:36:41

-You become one with the beast.

-Yeah.

0:36:410:36:43

All landfill sites, wherever they are in the country,

0:36:470:36:50

even here at least 1,000 miles from any ocean

0:36:500:36:52

have a particular problem, courtesy of Mother Nature.

0:36:520:36:55

And it is...seagulls.

0:36:550:36:57

And to cope with that problem, they need a very, very

0:36:570:37:00

specialised machine.

0:37:000:37:02

And here it is.

0:37:040:37:05

Well, not you, Joe, specifically, but I mean you with the falcon.

0:37:050:37:09

And this is the machine you brought us out. What's he or she called?

0:37:090:37:11

This is Bebe and she is a female Saker Falcon.

0:37:110:37:15

Saker Falcon.

0:37:150:37:16

Now, it's a bird, clearly. I've worked that out.

0:37:160:37:19

She's not really big and seagulls are enormous.

0:37:190:37:23

I mean, she's... They're not going to be scared of her.

0:37:230:37:25

-They'll laugh at her!

-She can go 230 miles an hour.

0:37:250:37:29

So that gives her the advantage, you know.

0:37:290:37:32

She's going that fast, she can really put the hurt

0:37:320:37:34

on another bird, even if it's a little larger.

0:37:340:37:36

Does she eat them?

0:37:360:37:38

She will eat a seagull.

0:37:380:37:39

I mean, she prefers farm-raised quail or pigeon.

0:37:390:37:42

-She prefers farm-raised quail?

-Right.

0:37:420:37:45

But she'll slum it and eat a seagull if she wants a change.

0:37:450:37:48

OK. This site and sites like it are all about getting rid of trash

0:37:480:37:51

-and waste.

-Yeah.

-Burying it, protecting it.

0:37:510:37:54

Seagulls come in and eat it.

0:37:540:37:56

Well, let 'em have it.

0:37:560:37:57

Well, the problem is, it's a pollution issue

0:37:570:37:59

because when they eat all that garbage,

0:37:590:38:01

at night they have to roost on a water source.

0:38:010:38:04

They're feeding all day on garbage.

0:38:040:38:05

They're going to be defecating all night in our drinking water.

0:38:050:38:08

Now you've explained it like that, Joe, it makes perfect sense.

0:38:080:38:11

It is about control. Enough talk, she looks like she's ready to go?

0:38:110:38:15

-You want her to fly?

-Is she revved up?

-Yeah, she's ready.

0:38:150:38:17

-Let's do this thing.

-Are you guys ready to see her rip it up?

0:38:170:38:20

Yeah, yeah. Do your thing. I have no idea what's...

0:38:200:38:22

Do we stay here?

0:38:220:38:23

OK, nobody in the crew make like a seagull right now.

0:38:230:38:28

She'll be on you in seconds.

0:38:280:38:30

Oh, look.

0:38:300:38:31

Already, look.

0:38:360:38:38

It works!

0:38:390:38:42

Oh, look, she's back!

0:38:540:38:56

Well, thank you very much for introducing me to Bebe.

0:38:560:39:00

And I'm just going to move over here now.

0:39:000:39:02

You keep a hand on her.

0:39:020:39:03

I'm small and probably could be lifted.

0:39:030:39:06

See, Bebe, I'm not a seagull.

0:39:060:39:08

I'm going over here, don't run. Just walk.

0:39:100:39:13

Well, it's time for my final exam.

0:39:170:39:20

I set myself the goal of learning to operate all three

0:39:200:39:23

of the key machines here at the Denver Regional Landfill -

0:39:230:39:25

the dozer, the compactor and the scraper.

0:39:250:39:28

And I think I've kind of got it mastered.

0:39:280:39:31

At least I really hope I have because for this exam,

0:39:310:39:33

I'm going to have to use all three machines

0:39:330:39:35

to correctly handle and dispose of this

0:39:350:39:37

pile of trash equivalent to what I would've produced in my life so far.

0:39:370:39:40

26 tons of it.

0:39:400:39:42

But I've only got 15 minutes to get this lot levelled out,

0:39:420:39:46

compacted down to the correct density, covered in dirt

0:39:460:39:49

and blended seamlessly into the contours of this hill.

0:39:490:39:52

And I'm confident...

0:39:520:39:54

ish.

0:39:540:39:55

All right. Richard, we've given you 15 minutes on the clock.

0:40:020:40:06

Your job is to move all this trash into that hole.

0:40:060:40:08

Are you ready?

0:40:080:40:09

'Um, yes.'

0:40:090:40:10

I'm making sure I remember how to use the bulldozer.

0:40:100:40:12

It's been a couple of days. I got it. Yeah. I do.

0:40:120:40:15

All right. On your marks...

0:40:150:40:17

Get set...

0:40:170:40:18

-Go!

-HORNS HONK

0:40:180:40:20

Yeah. Let's go in. Right. Now, we're pushing trash.

0:40:200:40:22

This is the first part of the process,

0:40:220:40:25

smearing it down into the right place.

0:40:250:40:27

Perfect. Now, come back and take another swipe at it.

0:40:270:40:30

-That's one minute.

-'This is critical.'

0:40:300:40:32

Where I put this trash now will define ultimately

0:40:320:40:35

what I've got to level out with the compactor and with the scraper.

0:40:350:40:38

Hey, Richard. You better get that thing in third gear, buddy.

0:40:380:40:41

-You're already about 3.5 minutes in.

-Oh!

0:40:410:40:43

This isn't ACTUALLY the trash I've produced in my life

0:40:430:40:47

because it'd be like my dreams, hopes, my dignity.

0:40:470:40:49

That'd be in there. I threw that away years ago.

0:40:490:40:52

Good. Good blade control there.

0:40:520:40:54

I'm now scraping this up.

0:40:540:40:55

This is what it's all about.

0:40:550:40:56

This precision, getting this last little layer

0:40:560:40:59

off the floor.

0:40:590:41:01

'Here comes five minutes.'

0:41:010:41:02

So let's have that on,

0:41:020:41:04

those down.

0:41:040:41:05

I've only got 15 and there's three of these machines to get through.

0:41:050:41:08

That still looks like an enormous pile of stuff to me.

0:41:080:41:11

Let's see what the compactor does to it next.

0:41:110:41:13

That's got to break it down flat.

0:41:130:41:15

Not as flat as I'd hoped it would be at this stage but hey,

0:41:160:41:18

it's kind of there.

0:41:180:41:21

Er...

0:41:210:41:22

joystick steering, blade, gears.

0:41:220:41:25

Yeah, we're out of here.

0:41:250:41:26

Two jobs to be done by the compactor here.

0:41:280:41:30

One, the actual compacting.

0:41:300:41:33

Two, using the blade here to just

0:41:330:41:35

push the trash where it will eventually be compacted

0:41:350:41:38

by the weight of this thing and its wheels.

0:41:380:41:41

Down the slope, now this is where it's going to feel alarming

0:41:410:41:44

but it's not going to fall over, apparently.

0:41:440:41:46

Compactor capable of some pretty alarming angles of course,

0:41:460:41:49

thanks to its huge weight and low centre of gravity,

0:41:490:41:51

and these incredible wheels.

0:41:510:41:53

That was eight minutes.

0:41:530:41:54

'You're eight minutes in, Richard, hurry.'

0:41:550:41:57

If I've done my job right, this will just blend in.

0:41:570:42:01

Be another part of the hill.

0:42:010:42:03

Come back up and get ready to cover it.

0:42:030:42:05

Excuse me running away but...

0:42:050:42:07

Oh, that thing's enormous.

0:42:080:42:10

All right. Let's get this trash covered.

0:42:100:42:12

There you go. Can is up.

0:42:120:42:14

Parking brake off.

0:42:140:42:15

All right, here we go.

0:42:150:42:17

Right.

0:42:170:42:18

First job, get this thing up and over there and get a load off.

0:42:180:42:21

Here I come. There we go.

0:42:210:42:24

Now we're loading. It's going in.

0:42:240:42:26

The knack now is I've got to use the apron to stop it falling out.

0:42:260:42:30

Oh, God. I hope I've got enough on board

0:42:300:42:32

because that's all I have with me now to do the job.

0:42:320:42:34

We're about 12 minutes in, Richard. Keep going. Keep going.

0:42:340:42:37

Keep going. Start dropping out that apron.

0:42:370:42:41

Open, good. And push with the ejector.

0:42:410:42:43

Oh, look at that.

0:42:430:42:44

Oh, look at that. There it goes.

0:42:440:42:46

Covering it in dirt, that's my job.

0:42:460:42:48

I daren't look. I daren't look back.

0:42:480:42:51

There's 13.

0:42:510:42:53

We're at 13 minutes, Richard.

0:42:530:42:54

Come on. One more pass.

0:42:540:42:56

When they said this thing can go at 30 miles an hour, I'm like "Why?"

0:42:560:42:59

"Why does it need to?" Now I know. They're under pressure.

0:42:590:43:02

I need a full load this time. I really do.

0:43:030:43:06

Oh, 14-and-a-half.

0:43:060:43:08

'You better hurry up.'

0:43:080:43:10

'14-and-a-half minutes, Richard, come on. Spread that load.

0:43:100:43:12

'Here we go. Coming up to the ten-second countdown.

0:43:120:43:15

BOTH: Ten, nine, eight, seven...

0:43:150:43:17

-Oh, no!

-..six, five,

0:43:170:43:20

-four, three...

-Oh!

0:43:200:43:22

..two, one.

0:43:220:43:24

HORN HONKS

0:43:240:43:25

-Good try, Richard.

-You were close.

0:43:280:43:30

OK. Let's check it out. Can I just say, I'm still buzzing a bit.

0:43:300:43:33

Yeah? Feel good. Feel manly?

0:43:330:43:35

-No.

-No?

0:43:350:43:37

No, not really because I disgraced myself a bit.

0:43:370:43:39

-You missed a whole spot over here.

-Yeah, I did. I did.

0:43:420:43:45

-Well, there's a spot over there too.

-Yeah.

0:43:450:43:47

-There are some spots down there.

-Couple of spots over there.

0:43:470:43:50

Give me marks out of ten. Come on, for that effort?

0:43:500:43:52

Can we go negative or does it have to stay positive?

0:43:520:43:55

Oh, come on! Yeah, give me marks. Give me marks out of ten.

0:43:550:43:58

-You're like a two.

-Oh.

0:43:580:44:00

You see how it's still floppy back in there?

0:44:000:44:03

We need to make sure that all this trash gets covered with dirt.

0:44:030:44:06

-It's been pushed, but not packed.

-Yeah.

0:44:060:44:08

I'm going to sum it up like this.

0:44:080:44:10

Those three machines, incredibly specialised.

0:44:100:44:14

-They each have a very specific job.

-Absolutely.

0:44:140:44:16

-And learning how to use them to do the job...

-Right.

0:44:160:44:19

..that's a whole different thing and that's what I've learned.

0:44:190:44:21

I can now operate... I know what everything does, I can move them about, use the features.

0:44:210:44:25

I understand it. I can't do it, but I've got it.

0:44:250:44:28

I agree. You get the passing marks for that.

0:44:280:44:31

I mean, you'll give me a job though, right?

0:44:310:44:33

What time do we open? Four in the morning?

0:44:330:44:35

Four in the morning.

0:44:350:44:36

Maybe the week after.

0:44:360:44:38

-All right, sounds good.

-Yeah.

0:44:380:44:39

Three days, three machines.

0:44:390:44:42

I think I gave myself enough time there to learn, well, the basics -

0:44:420:44:45

how to drive them around.

0:44:450:44:47

And to get an appreciation of just how focused

0:44:470:44:49

and specialised each of those tools really is.

0:44:490:44:53

And for that reason, I really enjoyed my time with them.

0:44:530:44:56

I think to learn how to do anything other than

0:44:560:44:58

make a mess with them, takes time.

0:44:580:45:01

To learn how do what these guys do, shape a hillside with them,

0:45:010:45:05

takes years,

0:45:050:45:07

and I'll be leaving this place with a better appreciation

0:45:070:45:09

of the fact that what I'm watching there is

0:45:090:45:12

guys making something difficult look easy.

0:45:120:45:15

And trust me, it is difficult.

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