(high paced, high energy music)
I'm here at the Durham Solid Waste Management Annex and today I'm going to
work as a recycling truck driver. The City of Durham employee I'm going to
partner with is Chris Smith.
When I'm out on a route, I see the kids come out.
I honk the horn and make 'em smile.
I can't wait to collect your recyclables, Durham!
Let's get to work!
Where the heck is Chris? He said he was gonna meet me here.
Is he hiding in a truck?
Hey, I'm Deb.
Hey, I'm Chris.
Nice to meet you.
Nice to meet you too.
So, what are we gonna do today?
I'm gonna show you how to drive the truck...
...we're going on a route...
...but first we have to do our pre-trip.
and what's a pre-trip?
The safety of the truck.
Okay, sounds important.
Wait a minute.
And, then I get to drive the truck, right?
Wait a minute.
[truck door opens]
[truck door closes]
This is somethings that we have to go over.
All right. Safety checklist... and then I get to drive
the truck, right?
Let's get to safety.
First on the checklist is headlights.
Right, so what we do with the headlights,
we make sure they come on, not loose.
Check for cracks, seal good. Make sure
that's tight and good.
Same thing here.
Now we're gonna check the pressure of the tires.
You gotta check the nuts make sure they're nice and tight.
Another day, another nut check.
All right. Nice and tight.
I'm excited to see this part.
[hydralick arm whirrs to life]
[whirring sounds continues] Run it out.
[whirring sounds continues] Make sure (there's) no leaks.
[whirring sounds continues]
[hydraulic arm closes]
[hydraulic arm retracts]
[hydraulic arm raises]
[hydraulic arm lowers]
[whirring sounds stops]
(high paced, high energy music)
Wipe it off.
(high paced, high energy music)
Look pretty good, look pretty good.
All right now we gotta go up to the cooling system.
Check the bubbles. Oh, look pretty good to me. okay first up is
mirrors moving well nice and shiny no cracks you crooks local gauges
looking pretty good over here looking good over here cameras that's
the hopper you alright I can see everything perfectly all crisp alright
so Chris can I Drive the truck now that
good [ __ ] I have to show you how to operate the first that's fair that's
take off the head oh yeah she's probably just sitting around the way now this one
a foot for starts okay
to my Maris
okay I forward tilt you bastard
let's come to a car what do you hate the bridge it's lightning
so you know you don't slam the brakes are sensitive don't do swing
everything is shoes by the state-of-the-art
so there's a sensor in the bunch of suits
like talking about my turn yes okay it's time to make my
parents proud chin the two drive folks do this him okay your mirror
strike gesture mirrors how about this
looks good alright oh you okay
the best episode ever
and then gently on the braid
what duplicate now yes okay there you have the use of mirrors tiny two mirrors
there we go
and laying on the brakes so this won't do
really easy to do
to the car slow down Joseph
to get out does the card have to be dead center rabbit know what happens on
boom look at look at this right we're gonna go down go down don't
come back on you look at this come back out boom
crap trick them out close you ready I think so sure we're gonna
find out so let's just try it there's turn
thank you purchasing the seat so that might be can touch the floor
first step squeeze it through Jim go out
all right now okay so
when you are
right you know what it's too like snob right we'll come back
a little more so
oh my god
I see it over there
that's implied all right
open open I'm gonna get this one okay okay okay Wow close
didn't angle it enough
done an expert now thank you all right we're at the gas
what we do that's a big tank yeah this ain't gonna thank you so just don't take
it as a while I feel look oh why don't you say yes I can think of a few things
we could do in the meantime what's that well show you all right
is there yet nope stillborn that's okay I can't even more things we can do let's
go all right
all right is it done hold up that's good cuz I'm out of ideas
for what else to do great let's go
favorite thing about the job Chris what's your what's your favorite thing
about this job the best thing about this job is I'm alone I get in here and just
be by myself I mean listen to my music I'm alone then when I get on the route I
see the parents bring the kids to the door let's see what we do oh that's cool
and they love it they jump up and down ask the boat a whole
kids on the track yeah it just you know maybe feel real good
Paulo these are full yeah it's to fool so that's another nono we're doing over
stuff they're recycling always look I'm gonna say the problem is that this myths
don't happen by you
Oh Superman tell Alex fellow
we have coffee that's why fellows
another thing you can recycle and there's a metal bat phone the other
thing you can't recycle you have to get out and deal with
perfect I have cats I know for a fact carpets are disgusting
so I didn't I don't know if I got from that house the intense smell maybe they
were cleaner Oh magic night Oh
five years yes
oh they're warm oh god that was a lot of liquid
I mean that's frustrating even just with trash right then after a while
see you smell really sick not from here but I know
every time I wind up smelly you know still smell oh I smell saying yeah see
that's some of things we go to where psychics should be that way Oh oh god no
still smell it it just smells like garbage though there's what is it dad
just smell it smells like you know how that word reach with it garbage you get
right and smell yeah garbage juice and you gotta do something
so we talked about how the things that can be recycled are the things that
can't there are different types of recycling because I know that there's a
risk there recycling cymbals does that mean you can throw it
all in the same bin remember I thought recycling symbol on it it's the beaver
cycle you can throw it in the same thing like I said
at the smoke though they sort it out myself okay grow this well if it has the
recycling symbol you can recycle it as long as it's clean I didn't think about
this before but for today you can really you know I
guess if you do this long enough you not only start to judge people but you get
to get an idea of what kind of people they are I live inside the houses new up
work you know put the rear sight you take a pick up the recycling bin
Pop's a lot of Smirnoff bottles you know that person's going through something
yeah yeah full-time full-time that's a point of time I mean I also see people
walk by they won't get a goal and they pick up the poop throw out of the game
what's in the recycling you really don't care
no they don't okay turn we have to do better
oK we've got to do better by recycling
experience like somebody came out and like yelled
I hate any we'll share the tool on the floor a
weight machine a machete hold on you
absolutely we didn't pick up a stand we did we did not did not and only longer
did not pick it up because he had housing drivers
not garbage Oh y'all go get this kid I'm a sure
seems over so we had to college supervised at least
about this right this job are you recycle whenever I'm up them wait no you
dumped garbage you know we don't have to wait you don't know we we jump freely
and we got a hold of the cyclone
what's the maximum weight you brought in
seven times you probably like
oh do you still smell it oh yeah I want you to recycle
I can smell like yeah
you know I thought I was going to be strong and as if I was like I'm not
gonna I'm gonna complain but that said that is it was right
we don't smooth it it did in there it doesn't out here
our network the word okay this is it end of the day
Chris I had so much fun today thank you for showing me how to be a recycling
truck driver it was awesome use awesome all right let's go get some
beer sounds good here are some tips to ensure that your
recycling gets picked up one your cart should be put out for collection before
6:00 a.m. on your collection day to your cart should be at least 3 feet from all
other objects such as mailboxes telephone poles fire hydrants trees and
other carts 3 your cart should be no more than 3 feet from the curb to find
out what is and isn't recyclable see your collection schedule and to sign up
for collection alerts go to this web address on the city of Durham's website