Letter to the Editor: Thanks
BY Bill Epperson, Tulsa
Sunday, December 09, 2012
12/09/12 at 2:59 AM
I've read numerous complaints about our new trash service - the system was not approved by the citizens, the bins are too big, they are not the right color, the recycle bins were not requested and the workers don't even use the mechanical lifts the bins are designed for.
These concerns seemed petty to me on a cold morning after Thanksgiving. Having forgotten that our regular collection, missed on Thanksgiving Day would be done the following morning, I rushed the trash bin out to the curb, where the truck was already in front of my house. A worker ran to greet me, took the bin from me with a "Good morning," and used the automatic lift to tip the bin into the truck. His co-worker grabbed my neighbor's small bin and smoothly tipped it into the truck himself.
I thought, "These men know what they are doing, and they do it well." I was thankful for their hard work, their speed and skill. Then I realized how thankful I am for the service. The city provides this service for the whole community, charging a small fee for a task I and my neighbors would not want to do ourselves. Our garbage does not pile up, and our plastics, glass and paper are recycled with almost no effort on our part. Green and blue bins may be left on our curbs for a day, but I thank the collectors, hard workers all, and the city of Tulsa.
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Michael Gilyard operates his New Solutions automated trash truck as he collects recycling carts on his route. MICHAEL
WYKE/Tulsa World file