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Yakima, Wash., Garbage Truck Driver Promotes Positivity

Randy Boettcher, a garbage truck driver in Yakima, Wash., stays positive on the job because he believes complaining isn’t an option.

Randy Boettcher, a garbage truck driver in Yakima, Wash., stays positive on the job because he believes complaining isn’t an option. In fact, his favorite place to drink his morning coffee is the Terrace Heights Landfill, which, in his opinion, has the best view of Yakima.

Boettcher fell in love with the waste and recycling industry at a young age. His father was a truck driver, and he was able to build up a special relationship with his dad by riding around in the truck. Now, Boettcher has created a special bond with his daughter by allowing her to experience the thrill of the industry just like he did as a child.

Yakima Herald-Republic has more:

Every once in awhile, Randy Boettcher gets fresh tomatoes as a tasty thank-you from a satisfied customer.

He and John Callahan, officially known as solid waste collectors, are two of Yakima’s 14 garbage truck drivers  — out working while many of their customers are still waking up with their morning coffee.

The drivers pick up about 5,200 bins each day, weaving in and out of alleys and side streets, doing their best to avoid cars parked on some of Yakima’s narrowest streets.

Read the full story here.

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