An average trash truck picks up more than 20 tons of garbage! Here’s a sanitation department worker in 1973. They often faced risks like getting injured by the blades that crush the trash.
This image comes from our “The Way We Worked” exhibition, which explores how work became such a central element in American culture, by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years. See it starting Oct. 30 at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, part of our Smithsonian Affiliations network!