I am sure by now as a Shelton resident you have noticed your snazzy new garbage can and recycling bin. I was wondering how the new program would work and what kind of changes we would see, and then yesterday when I was stuck behind one of the trucks while driving home from dropping my three year old off at pre-school and I got a first hand look at the system.
If you haven't seen it yourself yet, it really is a sight! The truck pulls up next to the garbage can, an arm comes out and picks the can up to the top and dumps the contents right inside the truck. No people, just the driver (from what I saw of course, I am sure there may be an operator as well) and a big metal arm.
Neat, certainly a program of the future.
Then I started to think about the guys who normally pick our garbage up on Friday morning. The group of four or five guys following the garbage truck and tossing our garbage into the back of the truck then putting our cans back at the curb.
The math started in my head. 5 or 6 gentleman reduced to maybe two operating the new garbage truck. That is seriously putting some people out of work, right?
I mean, the truck and mechanical arm just took the job of a good four men.
With the economy today, and the umemployment rate... this new garbage program here in Shelton easily put some people out of work. While it may be fancy and new, I couldn't help but wonder what happened to those guys.
Are they single? Do they have families depending on their income? Do they have a new job or was this part time?
As a family who was the victim of the economy almost four years ago, these were questions I wondered about because my husband was on the end of that kind of cut years ago.
Was there a serious problem with the garbage program in Shelton that the new system needed to be put in place?
I guess I am just too much of a humanitarian to accept the job cuts. I feel bad for the newest generation to have their jobs taken by a machine.
Oh, and if you are looking for a second garbage can, the city will review your request, and they don't think you "qualify" they will charge you $65.