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Working on the recycling crew
Release Date: September 10, 2004

On Friday, September 10th I had the opportunity to work on the recycling truck and got a first hand opportunity to appreciate the hard work involved in picking up recyclables with employees who work in our Public Works Department. Standing on the outside of the truck that picks up recyclables looks like a lot of fun (from the outside) but it was difficult –my back and arms are sore..  Some cars passed the truck – causing me to worry a bit about the possibility of the car hitting us. Cars with impatient drivers sometimes hit our trucks. Before my experience I never appreciated the difficulty of this work. I marveled at how skilled our drivers are –especially when they are in reverse. Some of our streets are narrow and non skilled drivers could easily hit cars parked on the road. Our drivers have to be very alert to what is happening around them and to the activity of the crew. As a first timer on the truck I worried that the truck would leave without me.  I also noticed that some people put non recyclables together with recyclables –making the collection process more difficult and creating difficult decisions for members of the crew. In addition, some of the recyclables were at locations where crew members would normally not be able to find them. I almost missed a few pickups and worried about getting docked (but thanks to the other members of the crew, I did not).

I try to work – in a different job-once a month. Each time I have worked I have developed an appreciation of the difficulties of each of the jobs performed in town government. I also enjoy interacting with our dedicated town employees. PAUL FEINER, Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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