Why Your Kid Loves the Garbage Truck So Much
For decades, children have been fascinated by the garbage-collection vehicles that visit their home. Last month, Ashley Fetters talked with parents, children, waste-management professionals, and experts on childhood about their theories as to why.
I work for the Department of Sanitation in New York City, and it amazes me how many kids love to stop and stare at my collection truck every day. Whether it’s 100 degrees or 10 degrees, a smile and a wave from a child makes my heart melt. I smile back, and it puts me in a great mood no matter how hard my day is. It’s my favorite part of the job.
I can give you a little insight on why kids love garbage trucks so much: It’s kind of cool to see a huge piece of furniture disappear in about 10 seconds. We load couches, dressers, and other large pieces that are there one minute and gone the next. Kids watch in amazement when the blade of the truck comes down, makes a loud noise, and breaks a dresser in half. When we plow the streets in the winter, how can anybody not stop and watch a beautiful rooster tail of snow being tossed aside? Even after 18 years of doing my job, I’m going to miss it when I retire.