NYC’s longest-serving sanitation worker


New York City’s longest-serving garbage collector is about to start his 52nd year on the job — and is five years from becoming the oldest city sanitation worker in history.

Seventy-five-year-old Joe Caggiano of Staten Island began working for the Department of Sanitation on Jan. 3, 1966 — back when John Lindsay was mayor and garbagemen swept the streets in three-wheel “Wayne” brooms, which had only one rear wheel.

“It turned on a dime,” he recalled of the historic devices. “It took a week-and-a-half for me to really master that thing.”

Caggiano started out tossing trash into the back of a hopper truck. He now spends most days driving a truck, picking up containers of paper recyclables.

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