“Sanitation Department at work near East 125th street”

By John Alexandrowicz, Cleveland, Ohio, April 1973

In the course of a day’s work, an average trash truck picks up more than 20 tons of garbage. Sanitation workers face risks including lifting heavy lifting, liquid garbage (including acids squirting from bags), speeding autos, and avoiding the blades that crush the trash.

National Archives, Records of the Environmental Protection Agency (412-DA-7661)