Culture sanitation workers

Published on November 7th, 2013 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

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The Invisible People Who Take our Trash “Away”

sanitation workers

Ever gotten stuck behind a garbage truck? Or heard one banging against a dumpster in the middle of the night? I’d guess that for most of us, these inconveniences/disturbances are among the few times we give any thought to the people who deal with our waste after we throw it “away.” Anthropologist Robin Nagle’s TEDCity 2.0 talk focuses on these people, the benefits they create for the rest of us, and the treatment they often endure (because, like the trash they haul, we don’t want to deal with them).

Take a few minutes to watch Nagle’s talk, and then let us know what you think?

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Jeff McIntire-Strasburg is the founder and editor of sustainablog. You can keep up with all of his writing at Facebook, and at



3 Responses to The Invisible People Who Take our Trash “Away”

  1. Barb Melloway says:

    Jeff,
    I really like what she said. My youngest son collects gabage in Jeff. It is a good paying job but the work is really hard. Sometimes they work 12-14 hr. days in all kind of weather. I hope that everyone will say thank you to them at Christmas Seanson because they certainly desire it.
    A Mom

  2. Good job, service to humanity and service to environment.

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