Being a trash collector is one of the most sought-after jobs for those without a college degree in the District, with openings on the city’s 50 trash routes few and far between.
Jan. 30, 2012 The crews meet before the sun rises at the Solid Waste Collections Division site on W Street NE. Spots on the back of D.C.'s sanitation trucks are highly coveted. Most of the workers who land a trash collecting job stay put for decades. Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post Buy Photo