Honoring El Paso's sanitation workers with Global Garbage Man Day

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - Saturday is Global Garbage Man Day, a day set aside to stop and thank all of the men and women who keep our streets and neighborhoods safe and clean.

Employees come in at 4:30 a.m. to check their trucks and prepare for their routes before they head out at 5 a.m. Each load can run anywhere between two to three hours before they have to go unload nine to ten tons of garbage at the landfill.

Then they go back for more.

Not only do they dispose of our trash, but they also have to be constantly checking for pets, people or anything that can get in the way of the arm of the truck.

El Paso sanitation employees say that many of the people on their routes wave to them every week and thank them for a job well done. Sometimes they're offered water and those tiny gestures are always appreciated. After all, they're just here to keep El Paso beautiful.

As always, remember to keep your trash bins away from vehicles, mail boxes and other objects to avoid damage to property.