Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Christmas Also Biggest Holiday for Trash; Workers Put in Longer Hours to Cart Away the Extra Garbage

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Christmas Also Biggest Holiday for Trash; Workers Put in Longer Hours to Cart Away the Extra Garbage

Article excerpt

Byline: WENDI ZONGKER

Plastic swimming pools, a pumpkin and vacuum cleaners lined driveways in Nassau County the day after Christmas.

"There's always something weird that you find in the trash, Stateline Disposal Regional Supervisor Bryce Dukes said. "But finding a swimming pool isn't out of the ordinary."

Dukes said Christmas is the biggest holiday for trash. In 2006, the volume of trash picked up Christmas week was 10 percent more than the week before.

In anticipation of the wave of trash, collectors worked longer shifts Wednesday to pick up the extra garbage, including a printer and an oversized umbrella.

And that extra bit of garbage per house means an additional trip to the West Nassau Landfill for trash collectors.

"Each house could have one or two more bags and that's going to make a difference," Dukes said. "We usually have to make two trips for what would normally be one."

Dukes said collectors dump a lot of wrapping paper and cardboard the day after Christmas, which doesn't weigh much, but quickly fills up the truck. Mounds of cardboard boxes from toys such as Hungry Hungry Hippos and scooters sat beside trash cans along one Yulee route. A standard 25 cubic yard truck can hold an average 12 tons, or about 800 to 900 garbage cans' worth of trash. And going to and from the landfill for that extra trip can take an hour or two, depending on what part of the county the truck is coming from, Dukes said.

Billy Harris, a collector with Stateline Disposal, said making that additional trip adds to what is already a hard and busy day.

Simple things such as bagging all the trash and tying those bags tight can make the job easier for trash collectors, Dukes said.

"The worse is that packing popcorn," he said. "We open the lid on a windy day and that stuff goes blowing everywhere. Not tying bags slows everything down. They don't have time to pick up loose trash so it blows into the yard," Dukes said as Stateline Disposal trash collector Darrell New bent down to pick up some paper that fell out of a garbage can. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.