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Published January 06, 2011, 07:51 AM

Winter Driving Frustrates Garbage Truck Drivers

FARGO, ND (WDAY TV)-Fargo's solid waste department is asking people to take a second and think about where they're putting their garbage. Garbage truck drivers say this is the most frustrating time of the year for them. The high snow banks make getting to most garbage cans a tough obstacle.

FARGO, ND (WDAY TV)-Fargo's solid waste department is asking people to take a second and think about where they're putting their garbage.

Garbage truck drivers say this is the most frustrating time of the year for them. The high snow banks make getting to most garbage cans a tough obstacle.

"With the snow banks so high and the streets aren't widened so much, you get a lot of one way traffic," said driver Roy Fick.

Much of Fick's day is spent getting in and out of the truck to re-position garbage cans. He says ideally people would leave cans at the far end of the driveway with room on each side for the arms to grab it.

"A lot of times our biggest problem is you got a car that's parked on the street, the plow goes around it, then someone puts their can halfway up their driveway. We either got to get out or the homeowners got to call in and we have to go get it anyways,” said Fick.

Fick's boss suggests people living on a lightly traveled road just leave the can right on the street.

He says drivers are reporting cans being placed all over the boulevards.

"Winter is evil,” said Solid Waste foreman Dave Rheault. “[The cans are] there on top of the [snow bank]. Arms won't reach on top of a snow bank, so if you put it on top of there you're going to have garbage left behind."

You won't be ticketed for a goof on your can placement. If it's any incentive, though, you play a major role in drivers like Fick having a smooth or rough day at the office.

If your can is repeatedly in the wrong spot, drivers will tag it with instructions on where it should be.

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