this Amiens garbage collector looks back on a year full of emotions

    this Amiens garbage collector looks back on a year full of emotions

    Worker “frontline“, “everyday hero“. David Cuvilliez is one of 51 garbage collectors from the City of Amiens. Every morning, from 5 am, he goes around his Amiens south sector to collect waste with his team. On a war footing, whether it rains or snows. And even during the first wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, the ripper did not stop working. If the coronavirus has not revolutionized his profession, it will have been a year 2020 full of emotions for Picard.

    A wave of support for the first confinement

    In more than 15 years of collecting, David had never seen this. While the city of Amiens is confined to last spring, the inhabitants want to support the garbage collectors, “We had drawings by the children, chocolates, bottles of wine and even champagne. All the children who waved to us at the window, the people who came out to say thank you, it touched and motivated us“.

    But since, the wave of solidarity has subsided, “We are no longer the heroes“He shrugged his shoulders. No more kind words and chocolates. We come back to the everyday life of badly tied trash cans and boxes lying around. But now we also have to deal with the virus,”We are exposed to the virus as in the hospital, like the firefighters. When we pick up other people’s waste, we know the virus to be on it“, which worries the garbage collector despite the gloves and the mask.

    The right actions to help garbage collectors

    David will have to be extra vigilant during the holidays, a period when we throw a lot (gift wrap, cardboard, food, etc.). So the ripper has a little message for the Amiens, “That they really respect the sorting to be done. Let them think of us too, because we collect a lot of bags next to the dumpsters, it’s heavy and our back hurts from throwing them away“. And he repeats it with a smile,”Happy end of year holidays“.

    Staggered collections during the holidays

    Household garbage collections and selective sorting are postponed for Christmas and New Year :

    • For Amiens Métropole (excluding Amiens):

    – The collection of household waste and selective sorting on Thursday December 31st remains unchanged

    – The collection of household waste and selective sorting from Friday 1st is postponed to Saturday 2nd January

    • For the city of Amiens:

    – The collection of household waste and selective sorting from Thursday 31 December is brought forward to Wednesday 30 December,

    – The collection of household waste and selective sorting from Friday January 1 is brought forward to Thursday December 31.

    On Friday January 1, the recycling centers will be closed.

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