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Thursday, June 29, 2006

I have recently started a job as a garbage man, or sanitational engineer. It is one of the harder labour jobs i've committed myself to. Sure it looked easy enough, ride on the back of a garbage truck all day, but I found out the hard way that there is a lot more to it then that. My figers are cramped up right now as I type this post. The garbage man is a very dirty job, but someone has to do it or we would be plagued with mess and disease would spread. This job is not all bad though, get to see lots, and surprisingly enough, the girls seem to love the garbage man. From my experience so far, people in the most part are friendly, and often give us things like drinks, snacks, and ocassionally money. Its incredible the things people throw away, including money. Just the other day i was loading a bag of garbage on the truck when it broke open from the weight of two grocery bags full of change, mostly pennies but not only. There was atleast $20 to $30 just thrown away because someone did not want to take the time to roll it. Where I work we have compost bins and regular garbage collection. Today was my first day emptying the compost bins, It was much easier then garbage, but im told it can become very boring. It was a relativly basic day today, nothing to exciting, but one thing to keep in mind next time your going to throw away your barbecue, take the top off and recycle it, around here they pay $15.00 each for them at the metal recycle plants. And if you are ever in need of spare computer parts, take a drive around, there are lots of computers and monitors being thrown away every day!


At 9:52 AM, Anonymous said...

Just a short note to add my 2 cents.
I toted trash the summer between High School graduation and college. It was about the best paying (temp.) job available to even a 135 lb. kid back in 1965.--- I say toted, because back then we went to the back yards or garages and carried ( on our large buckets ) the trash back to the street and truck.
There were perks and friendships made and golden treasures found...but, they didn't out-weigh the pain and agony of dumping and carrying 'grass clippings' that had been cooking into a heavy, soupy, stinking goo in metal cans in the hot sun for a week ! YUK !

At 7:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep ive been joing the job for 20 years now and still love it every day

At 8:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Though its a tedious job, someone still needs it.How can I get a garbage man job.Please contact me through my email.

At 9:51 PM, Anonymous Trenchcoat (my work name) said...

Yo Duece, been reading your blogs and I gotta ask, where state are you doing this in? I'm just curious, because I'm also a 5-year garbage man myself here in the lower state of Alabama, and I gotta say it sounds like heaven there. Here it gets about 103 or so degrees at the 12 mark, and you are guaranteed at least 6 to 10 fire-ant bites a day if you are lucky (or cautious, like me) and the best way to avoid the ants is to wear long-sleeve shirts, takes them longer to get to your skin, and you can spot them better. Even though its hotter wearing that, you'll be suprised how many ant bites you will be spared and how you can get used to wearing it on a daily basis. The costumers seem SUPER friendy where you are at, heck I'm lucky to get a drink maybe once every 2-3 weeks from one of the route days (be thankful for that, and treat em' right). Another thing, that's awesome that you have those stickers, hell wish I had them. I throw away everything that you mentioned that you don't on a daily basis, hell the most memorable 2 things I tossed in the back was a full-size refigerator and a truck camper shell chock full of old tv's, full paint cans, and microwaves! But I gotta say, its nice to see that there is another voice in the struggle in the garbage biz. To all of my dirty comrades out there, hang tough, stay strong, and keep an eye out for those treasures in the hopper! :)

At 7:39 AM, OpenID mnemosyneblog said...

This post was interesting. did you wind up collecting any of the spare change that broke through the bag?
I actually started looking into researching whether a garbage collector has actually started a blog, it's unfortunate that you stopped writing so long ago. I'm sure you would've had some great stories to tell.
All the best.


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