I don’t think that I’ve ever said it out loud, but I’ve certainly thought about it. “Sanitation worker” btw.
That being said, all of the “garbage men” that I’ve ever known or encountered were actually men. I know of women that work in the sorting part of the building that the stuff is brought to though.
Sanitation worker sounds a lot more dignified. Garbage man could also be used to refer to and alcoholic obese wife-beater.
So you’re saying there’s a deficit of females in the field? We need to fix this!
This has certainly been thought about in the UK. Obviously it was “bin man” rather “garbageman” as we don’t use the word “garbage” or “trash” for that matter.
They are now:
“Refuse collection officers” , “Refuse collectors” and in absurd cases “Waste management and disposal technicians” – although I suspect that last one, which is a bit of a punchline about inflated job titles, is actually for someone who runs a recycling/landfill plant rather than a traditional bin man.
I wanted to be rag-and-bone woman when I was a kid.
Feed the birds, tuppence a bag?
There’s a local company where I live called “Amalgamated Facilities Management”. Guess what they do.
that’s the problem for me with these new names – they are too long, bin man – 6 letters, everything you’ve mentioned … all this gender netruel and not-to-offend-every-special-snowflack-stuff – don’t we have real problems?
I’m sure the people who got together to rename “bin men” weren’t distracted from more important work because that was the entirety of their job.
I worked with a few women when I was shotgun on a garbage truck.
We have both garbage men and women here in India though.
Come to Australia where every job has a nickname. They’re not Garbagemen, they’re Garbo’s.
And what do you call a congressman? Congo?
We don’t have congressman bro.
no congo for you
We have conga!
EVEN BETTER!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c5405c59a9ec2c554995d2c7ea6a620e0b4a371b43c6ce0c5590894eb368dd31.gif
And you don’t call them ‘Gretas’? Seems like a wasted opportunity…
I say mailman – knowing full well our mail carrier is a woman.
I still use the term man hole, but the PC term is maintenance hatch. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/52e79cff1547729ed5a9a1adfc984cbd908dbb5de56f5175d49cd00877348a8a.jpg
Great episode, worth the watch. Especially to see what they did with the industrial fridge….
“Women in Garbage”