What time does the day start and end for the people who drive garbage and recycling trucks?

April 10, 2014 1 Comment
Mark Schwindeler rides the platform on the back of a city garbage truck during his route on Oak Street in this August 2013 file photo. (H-W Photo/Michael Kipley)

Mark Schwindeler rides the platform on the back of a city garbage truck during his route on Oak Street in this August 2013 file photo. (H-W Photo/Michael Kipley)

What time does the day start and end for the people who drive garbage and recycling trucks? I hear their trucks running before 6:30 a.m. If they started at 8 like most services do, people could set their trash out in the morning rather than the night before without having the problem of animals tearing the bags and scattering trash.

Marty Stegeman, director of Central Service, says all garbage and recycling routes start at 6 a.m. Typically, those drivers end their day at 2 p.m.

“The schedule is set by a working agreement with the union,” he said. “(Changing the start times) would take a contract change.”

Stegeman said his drivers have seen “some predation of trash bags, but it’s not severe.”

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  1. Roy says:

    There is no explaination as to why the 6:00 AM start time was negotiated. My guess would be for the safety of the City employees, for example less traffic in certain areas at that time of the morning, lower daytime high temperatures during that part of a hot summer day, etc. That would be interesting information.

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