Joe's Job: Waste Management

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by Joe Flanagan, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 14 at 7:21 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH-- Joe was training with Kenneth Coefield who was driving the Virginia Beach Waste Management truck and Rory Jinar who taught him how to operate the scooper in back.

Rory said you have to be willing to work long and hard on these trucks. "We're slowly seeing as the years are going so employees that are actually college graduates and things of that nature that are coming out here to work and make money. It's a good job with the city," said Jinar.

And we weren't the only ones out on a Saturday. Other crews have stepped it up thanks to all the extra debris from Hurricane Sandy.

All the mess from the storm wound up in Potters Pit where it gets loaded up and hauled away.

Ops coordinator Michael Cooper has been with Waste Management for 34 years. He thinks the image of garbage collector has improved. "A lot of people have respected the work the guys do behind that truck and they realize how hard it is," explained Cooper.

The debris trucks carry pitch forks to pick up the loose scraps. It's totally different working these trucks versus the long armed garbage trucks. "But when you are in the garbage truck picking up cans there's a lot more things you have to look out for- you have to look out for pedestrians. Got to look out for parked cars," said supervisor Kendall Green.

Every city has garbage trucks, debris trucks and crews that run them. And as Joe found out two words describe them- hard working.


  

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