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Earlier this month, a landfill spotter spied the body of former Pentagon official John P. Wheeler tumbling from a garbage truck hopper into the Cherry Island Landfill in Wilmington, Del. Ever since, the relatively obscure profession has understandably been getting a lot of press. Case in point, this Philadelphia Inquirer profile, which highlights some key aspects of the job.

Does your landfill use full-time spotters? How do you train them and what value do you think they provide? If you work as a spotter, how do you approach your job?