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The construction dumpster is a unique and universal urban form, visible in nearly every western city. It is a utilitarian form dictated by a need for mobility from the construction site to waste plant, and it is a collector of urban debris, a sort of cabinet of wonder of what society deems expendable.

This photographic series began as a documentation of construction site dumpsters around Indianapolis, and grew into an obsession, eventually including examples from as far as Helsinki, and Estonia. In the past two years I have photographed nearly 200 construction site dumpsters, amazed at their holdings and attuned to the profound waste accumulated by the construction industry. According to Environmental Building News up to 30% of the US annual landfill waste stream is associated with remodeling and making buildings; and construction and demolition in the US account for 136,000,000 tons of waste a year.

The flow of garbage from the city, from construction sites is relentless, the transferring a mad ballet, the landfill a wasteland. Following one of the construction dumpsters in Indianapolis, takes you to the 334 processing plant. Here over 150 roll-off dumpsters - many from construction sites -are processed daily, along with 150-200 garbage trucks, and 5-10 smaller trailers. Selected dumpster loads are sorted for cardboard, steel, or concrete chunks. Everything else, along with sorting operation debris, is transferred into 80-cubic-yard trailers and transported to the Twin Bridges landfill site; 32 18-wheeler trailers every day.

I am done photographing dumpsters. -- wes janz