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Commingled Conversation: Donald Albreada

A light-hearted Q&A with the owner of Albreada Refuse & Sweeping, LLC.

Born and raised in Torrington, Conn., Donald Albreada has been active in the trash business for more than 30 years. He is currently the sole owner of Albreada Refuse & Sweeping, LLC, located in his hometown. Though Albreada’s apparently not a fan of working within the constraints of a given question, we’ll cut this Sinatra-loving family man some slack as long as he keeps bending the rules to sing our praises.

Waste Age: What is your pet peeve?

Albreada: When I try to teach somebody something and they don’t listen.

Waste Age: What is your idea of the perfect day?

Albreada: Having a smooth day at work.

Waste Age: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Albreada: “Work hard and good things will happen.”

Waste Age: What was the last book you read?

Albreada: It was actually a magazine — Waste Age!

Waste Age: What is your favorite movie?

Albreada: “The Godfather.”

Waste Age: What is your favorite TV show?

Albreada: “60 Minutes.”

Waste Age: Beatles or Rolling Stones?

Albreada: Frank Sinatra.

Waste Age: What is the strangest piece of trash you’ve ever come across?

Albreada: I have seen so many strange things. There is not one that stands out.

Waste Age: Do you prefer the beach or mountains?

Albreada: Beach; preferably an island.

Waste Age: What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?

Albreada: Three things: My wife and two daughters.

Waste Age: If you could invite three people — living or dead — to a dinner party, who would they be?

Albreada: My father and two brothers, who passed at an early age.

Waste Age: If you weren’t serving in your current role, what would you like to be?

Albreada: An airline pilot.

Waste Age: What is your favorite sports team?

Albreada: The New York Yankees.

Waste Age: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Albreada: The ability to go back in time.

Waste Age: What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done?

Albreada: Rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Waste Age: What’s the one talent you have that not many people know about?

Albreada: Auto racing, flying and winter sports.

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