To the editor:
I am writing to defend the hard-working men and women who collect trash and garbage in Milford. Last week, you published a letter from a resident of Milford who professed “years of being annoyed” at the Milford trash collectors. There followed a series of specific complaints: “throwing” her cans and lids into her yard after pickup, wearing out her cans from the throwing, spilling trash in the street and failing to pick it up.


I'm sorry the writer has such a poor opinion of the town trash collectors. My experience has been the exact opposite of hers. Our trash collectors frequently place - not throw - lids and cans into our yard, so the wind doesn't blow them into the street. Yes, our cans wear out, too, because we drag them to the curb. And I have never seen our collectors drop trash in the street and leave it there.
These workers pick up the trash for a town of approximately 50,000 and they do it every week, regardless of weather, traffic, storms, etc. They also do bulk pickups, service rubbish barrels on town property, collect trash at civic functions, and pick up hurricane and storm-damaged items. According to the Public Works webpage, these workers pick up more than 20,000 tons of trash, recyclable and bulk items a year.
I've seen our collectors at work: They do a tough job and they hustle all the time. In our neighborhood, they have had to deal with a two-year sewer project that tore up East Broadway, very narrow streets, flooding, hurricane damage, and even people who don't bag their trash properly. That, by the way, may be the source of the trash in the street mentioned by the complainant.
I'm glad that the town trash and recycle collectors work so hard and do such a conscientious job. I commend the letter writer for wanting to keep her street and her property free of litter. I suggest that any litter is probably not due to an intentional or careless act of the collectors. Maybe we can agree to help out these hard working employees by picking up the occasional piece of litter, whatever its origin.
Bill Whitcomb