Pickups Will Resume Next Week
Every year, some Hamilton citizens forget the week waste collectors are honoured with a hot dog social, a parade, and a party, with entertainment from Bob Bratina and Balkan Band. And let’s not forget the appearance from Pigskin Pete.
In Baltimore, MD, they host the event in October, incorporating harvest and pumpkin themes. But here in the Hammer, we like to give our boys and girls in the garbage department a week off from the snowy sludge to enjoy a hotdog and listen to the mayor entertain them.
Waste Collectors Are People Too
Far from the stereotypes of the low-brow, uneducated oaf, modern waste collectors go through rigorous job trains, including WHMIS and hazardous goods handling. They may be invisible to us, making the refuse with reject magically disappear, but they have lives, families and hobbies. As Chet Morrison, City Clerk, would say, “If they were gone, we’d have to hire a bunch of immigrants or homeless men.”
Delays in pick ups will resume next week as usual.