It's dirty. It's difficult. It's even dangerous. Driving
a 25-ton truck and collecting waste and recycling is not a job for everyone.
rise in the dark morning hours. They endure intense heat in the summer and
bitter cold in the winter. They do more before 7 a.m., than the average person
is National Garbage Man Day. Of Rumpke's nearly 3,000 employees, over 1,000
serve as drivers of various types. Seven percent of drivers have been with
Rumpke for more than 20 years and 15 percent have been here for more than 10
and residential drivers exert serious physical effort, lifting and dumping
residential cans or bins at each stop. Recycling drivers average about 500
stops per day while residential trash haulers can make anywhere from 400-750
stops per day. Rumpke drivers average a workload of 55 hours each week.
is the first year for the National Garbage Man Day celebration. The new
holiday, conceived by Florida-based garbage company encourages raised
awareness of men and women in the sanitation industry and the work they do for
Hallmark is joining the National Solid Wastes Management
Association in celebrating the day. They are even test marketing cards.