JOHN CLEANS UP GARBAGE COL­LEC­TOR LOVES HIS WORK

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CAREER ONE - Laura Tri­este

JOHN King gets up at the crack of dawn to deal with more than 1000 bins each day – and he loves it.

The City of Syd­ney Coun­cil worker said there is much to en­joy about be­ing a garbage col­lec­tor.

“It’s a great ca­ma­raderie hang­ing out with the guys you work with,” he said.

“Fin­ish­ing dur­ing the day, you’ve still got time to go to the beach or do some yard work at home.”

Cur­rently work­ing with Garbage Ser­vices in Zet­land, Mr King has been a garbage col­lec­tor on and off for 20 years with the coun­cil.

Af­ter check­ing all the ma­chin­ery at the de­pot, Mr King is on the road by 5.30am, either as the driver or on the back of the truck.

“For the guys that are work­ing on the back, it’s ex­tremely stren­u­ous, but you get match fit,” he said

“We work in all weather con­di­tions. There’s only been one day that we had to stop and that was an ab­so­lutely tor­ren­tial storm.”

Mr King said work­ing in the city presents its own chal­lenges.

“It’s tight laneways, high vol­umes of traf­fic and dif­fer­ent sorts of peo­ple,” he said.

“Some­times you get peo­ple who’ve been out all night drink­ing and they try to get on the back of the truck.”

As the ma­chin­ery is mostly used to pick up rub­bish, Mr King said the job is not as dirty as peo­ple may think.

“You don’t smell it af­ter a while. Some of the guys smell worse than the garbage,” he said.

“Ev­ery now and then you get a cou­ple of drops of some­thing on you that you just can’t get rid of the smell.”

As well as en­joy­ing the com­pany of his co­work­ers, Mr King said the con­tact with the com­mu­nity is a nice as­pect of the job.

“We’ve got lit­tle kids all over the place that are wait­ing there ev­ery day when we turn up,” he said.

“At Christ­mas time some peo­ple will leave a beer on top of the bin for us.”

Pic­ture: CARLY EARL

City of Syd­ney Coun­cil garbage col­lec­tor John King work­ing in Padding­ton.

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