Waste Not, Want Not
I’ve had my complaints in the past with Sunset Scavenger Company, the SF garbage collection agency. But the refuse company doesn’t seem to refuse much anymore (though why they won’t accept polystyrene (aka Styrofoam®) for recycling, I don’t know. Styrofoam happens. I don’t believe the claim that food-soiled Styrofoam can not be economically sustainable.). The business of waste management seems to be taking more progressive, environmentally-concerned actions.
All that to say: I want to compliment my neighborhood’s regular route driver, nee garbageman, in the Outer Richmond’s Fulton Street corridor. Not only does he take great care that no trash is left behind on the sidewalk, he repositions the garbage carts in the most functional manner:
See how the carts are positioned back-to-back as an easy set-up for the roll back to the garage? A minor detail, sure. Easily overlooked by the busy and unobservant. But I appreciate anyone in whatever job who takes the time to pay attention to such a biomechanical detail, benefiting hundreds of fellow citizens. Does anyone else notice? Does this happen in other neighborhoods? Is this a company-wide policy, or is my neighborhood garbageman simply taking personal pride in the details without expecting any thanks?
For more ruminations (albeit in fiction) on the waste management world and its cultural and metaphysical ramifications, along with baseball, marriage, the Cold War, and environmental art, read Don DeLillo’s Underworld–a masterpiece.