One of the strongest indicators of a hard day for sanitation workers is bad weather. It is very difficult to lug trash around on hot and or rainy days. The most difficult days, however, are when it is snowing. On snowy days, it is often unsafe for workers to come out because the streets are slippery. Ironically, these very same workers are also tasked with snow removal and therefore have to not only collect trash on the most dangerous days of the year but also remove snow and make the streets safer for fellow citizens.
Our combination of automated vehicle + standardized trash can allows human workers to take on the role of overseer, making sure trucks are performing as needed and spot-checking for mistakes, as opposed to lifting heavy trash bags in the heat and snow.