Sheridan Recycling Center: 'Dirty Jobs' keep our community clean

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Hard at work 364 days a year, it is Sheridan's solid waste department that keeps our community clean. "Day in and day out, our guys work hard for very little recognition," Paul Larson, Supervisor for the City's Solid Waste and Recycling Collection told Dally today. "They really do go above and beyond," Darla Franklin, Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator for the city said. Some drivers will stop a truck out on the city streets to pick up a single plastic bottle, she said. Watch the "first line of defense" below, as one city employee sorts contaminated material from the stream. Last week, a bag of animal waste had to be removed from a recycling bin—it is these guys' job to take that material out. What's easier, though, is not having contaminants mixed in with recycling at all. Another common contaminator is needles—most likely medical in purpose. Glass is also a hazard.The city's employees wear protective gloves and clothing, but it's a hazard nonetheless. A rear-loader comes to the Recycling Center twice a day to gather contaminated material to take it to the landfill. The city's recycling stream is actually pretty clean, Franklin said, but, "When we do get contamination, it is not good." Know someone who works hard behind the scenes to keep our community great? Let us know ! Read more on the city's Recycling Program , and keep up to date with what you can and can't recycle, and more, on the Recycling Sheridan WY Facebook page. #dally #news