Say thank you to your sanitation workers. Why? Well, it is more dangerous being one of them than a police or fire person. Injuries and deaths are riskier for the person who picks up your trash, than for these others. in 2016, 82% of the sanitation companies were private businesses. Think profits. The driver worker gets a long day of 10-14 hours and the pay may be a flat fee per shift, no matter the hours. So there is fatigue, and the helper might be paid off the books, so a lot of turnover there. The garbage can have sharp objects, poorly maintained equipment and even fires. These people come around once or twice a week, so maybe do a good deed of gratitude and write a note, or leave out some treats with the note. The more we take people for granted, the less grateful our lives. I have found it so.