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Quad City Tough Jobs: Part 1, Landfill

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The average person throws away 5 to 7 lbs. of garbage every day. All of it ends up in area landfills. But what happens to it next?

At the Scott Area Landfill, employees are paid to work with garbage.

It's a tough job -- dealing with the sights and smells at the dump. But people do it every day.

KWQC's Morgan Ottier decided to try it out. Landfill supervisors gave her the task of cleaning the compactor -- the most vital piece of equipment used at the landfill. Without a working compactor, garbage would pile up and the landfill would have to be expanded more often.

In order for the compactor to continue to work, it has to be cleaned.

"She came in and helped us clean everything up," said landfill supervisor, Nolan Moore. "Then, we filled the final drive up with oil. I think she did a pretty good job, she wasn't afraid to get dirty."

Watch Morgan fill the oil and scoop garbage out of the machine using a gardening shovel.

If you have a tough job and you want Morgan to try it out, e-mail her.