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Gratitude in Alexandria: American Disposal Services

Gratitude in Alexandria is grateful for the trash collection services of American Disposal Services.

This is the gratitude blog post for Monday, November 19, 2012, also known as trash day and a fantastic day to recognize American Disposal Services!

Every Monday and every Thursday of every week, I look forward to seeing the garbage man with as much anticipation of the stay-at-home-mother who yearns to see the latest edition of Woman’s Day magazine in her mailbox.  She knows the upcoming edition will have a bunch of good stuff in it and she can’t wait to read it and enjoy herself.

I feel the same exact way about American Disposal Services (ADS).  This company is based in Centreville, Virginia; one of the areas it services is southern Alexandria.  In our community alone, there are close to 1,000 homes being serviced by ADS.  Now that is a lot of trash!

I had never really paid attention to ADS.  After all, it’s just the garbage collector.  Why should the garbage collector impact me in any way? What has it done for me lately?  Well, in this unique case, I am grateful not so much for what ADS has done for me personally, but what it does for everybody.

I am thoroughly impressed by the men who drive the garbage truck and collect the garbage.  In the times I’ve seen the ADS truck on my road, there has been only one driver and one garbage collector.  The streets in our community are not exactly easy to navigate.  We have street parking in addition to driveways, and the roads are narrow.  To top it all off, our many speed bumps are annoying, surely making the garbage truck routes more challenging.

It is a treat to watch these men work.  It is simply something I continue to admire and never get tired of watching.  You just have to watch them work. They are amazing!  There is positively no slacking or goofing off on this job.  No time to do that!  Both men skillfully zigzag their big bulky truck from one side of the road to the other, as if they were competing in an obstacle course.

By the time the truck reaches the side of the road, nary a second passes and both men jump out of the car with the same speed, agility, and concentration as the NASCAR pit crew.  In less than 60 seconds, the men manage to do around 10 houses, which is fantastic, considering the amount of garbage they have to collect.

Some houses have just one can of garbage, like ours, while most houses have a slew of boxes, cans, and bulky items.  Nothing is too difficult for the men of American Disposal Services, though.  Whether the garbage is big or small, the herculean muscles of the men make the lifting of these extraordinarily heavy items seem like child’s play.

One time, I even saw the men lifting up a heavy piece of furniture.  Was it a dresser? I don’t remember. I just know it was the first time I saw these men struggle. All of a sudden, my heart started racing; I was concerned that they would not be able to get the dresser in the truck.  All I needed to hear was the smart-aleck sportscaster in the background giving us a play-by-play rundown of the men’s actions to complete the moment.

Did they manage? They sure did.  After struggling on his own for a few seconds and increasing his time for clearing the garbage, the man sent in for reinforcement.  The driver had to help.  They struggled, but the beast finally crashed into the truck and was swallowed whole, thanks to the touch of a clever chomping button that cut through the dresser with ease, as if a knife were cutting through cheese.

I was mesmerized by the whole action and silently cheered once the men got the dresser safely into the garbage truck.  I was happy because once again, they were able to get back on track with their route.

Every time I’m able to watch the men of American Disposal Services, I always intend to want to call the main number and speak words of praise over the men that service our community.  And wouldn’t you know it, time escapes me every single week, except now.  Now, ADS will not get a call from me.  Instead, they get their own gratitude blog post dedicated to the professionalism, skill, and speed of the men who drive the truck and collect the garbage.

I am grateful that they are so good at what they do.  I am also grateful that they are doing a stellar job at servicing our community.

If you’d like to share something for which you are grateful, I’d love to hear from you!

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