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.