BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A brief message from Mayor Byron Brown put trash collection a pause in order to thank the Department of Public Works.
"This is something that the mayor is doing with our entire city workforce," DPW commissioner Michael J. Finn said. "He's trying to reach out and let them know how important the work they do is."
They've had to change up their routines to practice social distancing, just like everyone else. But there's one of two options for every packer's team.
"Either the lifters are meeting the driver at the start of their run using personal vehicles," Finn said. "Or we've set up a shuttling system with some vans that aren't being used by other departments right now."
The appreciation came from the highest office in Buffalo. Because if their work came to a halt, the outcome would stick out like a sore thumb.
"If the garbage doesn't get picked up, people notice very quickly. And these guys like being appreciated," deputy commissioner of street and sanitation Henry Jackson said.