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When they came to particularly narrow alleys, the couple navigated with the truck in reverse, edging their way past rows of garages.
“It’s still a challenge depending on how they plow,” Marge Mollers said.
Some risks for workers remain year-round.
The single-sort trucks compact items in the same way that garbage trucks do. Johnson said workers have to remember to turn their faces away from the truck as a spinning blade moves through, because bits of glass sometimes fly out. Earlier in the week, Mollers said, she found glass in her hair.
And though winter weather is tough, Johnson said, warmer seasons present their own challenges.
“I don’t mind the cold and the snow, but the pouring rain …” he said, and shook his head.
Emma Nelson is a University of Minnesota student reporter on assignment for the Star Tribune.
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