Trying Times For Waste Removal, Newspaper Delivery Workers

Feb 16, 2015

Credit NHPR Staff

  After working triple and quadruple shifts plowing the roads in Portsmouth, public workers in Portsmouth climb into garbage trucks for regular trash removal.

Public Works Director Peter Rice says storms and snow make even trash pickup a trying endeavor. "People are trying to pass them on these narrow roads while they’re trying to pick up trash,” Rice says. “You know these guysare exhausted, they are stretched thin.”

The Portsmouth Herald’s newspaper delivery crew is also struggling.

Circulation manager Dennis Thompson says drivers are delivering later in the day to avoid dangerous conditions and unplowed neighborhoods. Nevertheless, he says, many papers are ending up eaten by snowblowers or buried in snowbanks.