JOHN CLEANS UP GARBAGE COLLECTOR LOVES HIS WORK
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.”
City of Sydney Council garbage collector John King working in Paddington.