Dirty Job, But These Garbage Collectors Refuse to Let It Get to Them

Dirty Job, But These Garbage Collectors Refuse to Let It Get to Them


Photo caption: From left to right, Mr Amran Chedaud, Mr Tan Beng Hoe and Mr Jumahat Yusuf. The team is in charge of collecting recyclables daily from the homes in Clementi. Photo: Raj Nadarajan
Source: Today Online, 6 Dec 2017

When refuse collector Jumahat Yusuf, 51, turned up for a job interview with public waste collector Veolia Singapore, his supervisor only asked two questions.

“‘Can you take the dirt? Can you tahan (tolerate) the smell?’ I said can…and I got the job,” said Mr Jumahat with a grin. He did not mind the stench and dirt from the garbage as he worked as a cleaner before joining Veolia three years ago.

Even the occasional comment from commuters on his train ride home about the lingering smell after a 12-hour shift did not bother him. “I know I am (earning) a living… what people want to say is up to them, I just ignore it,” added Mr Jumahat, who is married with a 17-year-old son.

There are also Singaporeans who turn up their noses at the job of a garbage collector.

Link to full article here.