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100 years of the garbage truck
The garbage truck. Durable, strong – sometimes loud – but always true. Much like the people that make up this industry, the trash truck has stood the test of time.
Join Waste & Recycling News as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of this mechanical marvel. “100 Years of the Garbage Truck” publishes Oct. 15, 2012. This coffee-table edition will journey from its start as a flatbed vehicle to the invention of the compactor to today’s automated sideloader.
Some of the stories include:
- THE HELPER –
Hanging onto the back of a rear loader is what most people think of when they think of a garbage man. A look at the helper job and how it may be vanishing as more trucks are automated and semi-automated.
- UNDER THE HOOD –
Veteran mechanics talk about the guts of trucks, how they’ve changed, how reliability has changed and what they do to keep this vehicles on the road.
- CNG –
What’s the percentage of CNG trash trucks on the road today? What will it be in 25 years? What cities have the largest CNG trash truck fleets?
- DEALERS –
Who are the largest trash truck dealers in the U.S.? What’s the secret to their success? What do their customers like and dislike about today’s trash trucks?
- SAFETY –
A look at the safety innovations of the trash truck. What are the biggest dangers on the road?
- WOMEN ON THE TRUCK –
Women on the trash truck are still a rarity, but they bring a different perspective and approach to the still-tough job. What’s it like to be a woman in a what is still essentially a man’s world?
- THE INNOVATORS –
Interviews with the patent holders of trash trucks and the devices that made them what they are today.
- WEDDING –
A trash truck route supervisor in Arizona loves garbage trucks so much that he got married on one.
- MUSEUM –
Waste Pro plans to open a museum for trash trucks in 2013. A similar museum already exists in Germany.
- THE MANUFACTURERS –
Profiles of today’s and yesterday’s truck makers.
- Art-wrapped garbage trucks hitting Edmonton streets (metronews.ca)
- Haulin’ trash: Drivers compete to be waste industry’s best (newsobserver.com)