SETTING THESAURUS

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HELPFUL TIP:

Settings should always be chosen with care. Consider the emotion you want your viewpoint character to feel and how setting choices, weather elements, and symbolism might build a specific mood in the scene, create tension and conflict, or even raise the stakes.
SIGHTS:
Mounds of trash (bags, broken furniture, concrete pieces, wire, patio bricks, broken toys and dolls, empty cans and bottles, used diapers, old clothing, cardboard boxes and product packaging, hoses, broken plastic kiddie pools and playground equipment, yard clippings, car parts)
Garbage trucks dumping their loads in piles
Front-end loaders pushing trash into pits
Roads winding around the hills of trash
Drainage pipes emptying into ditches
Collection ponds
White methane collection pipes rising out of the ground
Compactors driving across trash to compress it
Vehicles kicking up dust
Swarms of scavenging seagulls that take flight when a vehicle comes close
Cranes and other heavy equipment
Tarps covering sections of the landfill
Grassy areas, drive-on scales
Enclosed paying wickets
A sorting station (for chemical waste, rubber tires, electronics and heavy metal products, batteries, florescent bulbs, aluminum, propane tanks, and other harmful items)
A designated dump-and-go site for residential loads

SOUNDS:
Back-up monitors beeping
Chugging diesel engines
Heavy machinery grumbling to life
Glass popping and breaking under the spiked metal wheels of a compactor or bulldozer
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RELATED SETTINGS THAT MAY TIE IN WITH THIS ONE:
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