Cleaning up the Valley
IF you live in the Clarence Valley, Phil Baynham has probably picked up your rubbish.
After driving a garbage truck for 25 years, the JRRichards and Sons manager said he did not mind the smell.
"When I first started (the smell) was pretty terrible," he said.
He said he minded when people did not follow 'wheelie bin etiquette'.
Mr Baynham said the most common mistake people made was putting normal rubbish into their yellow recycling bin.
He said people usually did a good job putting their wheelie bins out, which saved the drivers time.
"When the bins are 'round the wrong way or behind cars or trees, the driver has to get out and move it," he said.
Mr Baynham said the most unusual thing he found in a bin was a dead greyhound.
"I have been in the job that long nothing fazes me (anymore)," he said.
Mr Baynham said JRRichards and Sons employed 19 professional truck drivers for its Valley routes.
He said being a driver and manager fitted into his lifestyle.
"It is a good job, otherwise I wouldn't be doing it," he said.