Garbage Trucks Keep Rolling in the Snow

Created: 12/04/2013 7:28 PM
By: Travis Dill

Northland residents might groan about getting garbage cans to the end of the driveway, but disposal drivers have to work through the snowstorm.

The snow wouldn't stop, but neither does garbage so disposal driver Kevin Hartel knew he was still getting called into work on Wednesday.

“I didn't want to go to work, but somebody has got to pick up the garbage. Garbage never stops,” Hartel said.

But the weather was slowing down the trucks at Hartel's DBJ Disposal according to co-owner Jeff Walstrom.

“They are trying to get by as best they can, but as you can imagine it's tough going in the snow with the trucks and most of our accounts are in the alleys. A lot of them, and they are the last to get hit with the plows,” Walstrom said.

He said the plows do a good job, but the constant snow is hard to keep up with so his trucks were avoiding the hills of Duluth.

“Sometimes it just doesn't work and you got to call them back in. I probably called half my guys in today so far, but there's a few still out there plugging. They'll try to work on the flat areas,” Walstrom said.

Walstrom said they were about a half day behind schedule because of the snow, and that could get worse if the snow kept up.

Still, eight drivers were doing all they could to catch up in Proctor. Fighting the whipping wind and snow meant more work for drivers like Hartel, but it's something he is proud of.

“It shows a lot of character I think. You know, it's not a job a lot of people want to do so I take pride in wanting to do it,” Hartel said.

As long as it was safe the drivers were ready to keep trucking through the snow.

“It's Duluth. It's Northern Minnesota. This is what we do. We'll get it done. We just hope people are patient with us. Like I say, it's all about safety for our guys and other people too out on the road,” Walstrom said.

Residents might have to keep their garbage cans at the end of the driveway for an extra day or two this week, but with all the snow it was easy to see why things were a little backed up.

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