It is shocking that the garbage men are not paid like athletes. They
absolutely work as hard for their pay...
Those guys have to be some of the most physically fit workers in the
country as a whole. At least the ones that actually lift and empty the
can by themselves. And run to the next house. I am amazed the pace our
collectors keep up. About as fast as I walk, I walk an average of 4mph,
and grab the garbage cans too.
They work hard, but lets not forget, they are totally unskilled labor,
and there are plenty of people that can fill those jobs.
Because we have kids that think they're too cool for school.
I wish that vocational training existed in Middle or Highschool (all)
that might be debatable. ;~) they do have to train to swinging the can
up in to the truck with out hurting themselves. Much like guy on the
assembly line mounting tires/wheel assemblies and attaching lug nuts. I
think an assembly line worker would might be easier to replace, you have
to actually build up your physical strength and stamina to run along
side a garbage truck all day and in all kinds of weather and tossing
trash into the back of the trucks. Our trash cans are 75 gallon sized,
provided by the waste collection company, and they are often full.
with the articulating can grabber. Out here, 12 miles further west, the
collectors do it the old school way, brute strength, with the cans that
are normally used with the before mentioned method of collection.
On Monday, March 23, 2015 at 11:51:31 AM UTC-4, Leon wrote:
Don't your trucks have "automatic lifters"?
Our G-men (and women) roll the containers to the side of the truck, hook 'e
m up and pull a lever.
Granted, they do have to lift the non-containerized debris, but WM has rule
s regarding what we can put out as normal trash vs. what we need to call in
. For large items, like furniture and appliances, they often send a truck w
ith a crane.
That said, I grew up in NYC. I'm pretty sure that back then the G men were
indeed highly skilled technicians, extensively trained in 3 aspects:
1 - Smashing brand new galvanized cans on the edge of the truck in precisel
y the correct manner such that the lid will never, ever fit securely again
2a - Shifting each homeowner's cans at least 3 houses to the left or right
so that you had to go searching for your cans. In addition, one can will h
ave been left 2-3 houses to the right, the other 2-3 houses to the left.
2b - In all cases, the non-fitting lid will not be shifted to same location
as the can itself.
3 - Placing cans on the sidewalk in such a manner that they will prevent pe
destrians from walking in a straight line. Some cans will be placed standin
g on the street side of the sidewalk, other will be placed lying down on th
e right, still others will left dead center.
The exception to Rule #3 is that all cans will be left standing up on rainy
days so as to collect as much water as possible.
Not where I live now. Before the "special container" was lifted with an
articulating arm to the top of the truck and dumped.
Ours are this way now but only use the lifter if they absolutely cannot
lift the can.
Apparently all 3 steps you mention above is a "union" approved method.
I recall those days in Texas. ;~)
Today the waste collection provides their, almost double sized, wheeled
collection cans and they are much more gentle with them.
And my point in all of this is that our society has taught us to believe
that fun is an absolute in all economic equations. What if we changed
that equation to leave out fun and put in happy.
We have fun as a society spending trillions on sports and entertainment.
If we spent that money on what makes us happy we would all be better
No, so I got an education and went in a different direction, though in
manufacturing. Kwityerbitchin and do the same if you don't like it.
You deserve a safe working place and a fair wage for the work you do.
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