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Pictures:A Day In The Life Of A Garbage Collector

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Theirs is not an easy job at all and that is the refuse collector’s job.

Aaron Ufumeli

The eight-hour shift starts at 6am when they leave the Kelvin Road depot in Graniteside to their various routes. One has to be physically fit in order to do the running and lifting in many times the heavy plastic refuse bins .

Harare City Council workers share a load
Harare City Council workers share a load

So much is said about these men so NewsDay chief photographer Aaron Ufumeli spent a shift with one of the teams and after making an appointment with the relevant department so that he could experience what they go through every day and at the same time capture them at work in keeping the City of Harare clean.

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A refuse truck drives through the streets of Old Highfield

Despite some of the council workers complaining that they have not been paid for the past three months, the crew showed enthusiasm as they carried out their duties and at times showing that they are human beings after all as they cracked jokes and greeted residents.

Garbage collector Tendai Mandipei shows his other human side by greeting a child in Highfield
Garbage collector Tendai Mandipei shows his other human side by greeting a child in Highfield

A single route consumes an average of 40 litres of diesel and on average 30 trucks which are all tracked leave the depot daily to collect refuse in various suburbs in the capital.

Highfield residents gather around the refuse truck to drop off garbage
Highfield residents gather around the refuse truck to drop off garbage
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Tanyanyiwa Chiko prepares to carry old metal into the waiting truck
After the refuse collection the truck offloads the garbage at Pomona Dumpsite
After the refuse collection the truck offloads the garbage at Pomona Dumpsite

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