According to an article in Popular Mechanics dated November 2015 in a section called “Great Unknowns” a reader submitted this question…
“How many operating garbage trucks are there in the United States?”
“All things considered, we think a reasonable estimate would put the total number of garbage trucks somewhere within clattering-can-throwing distance of 2000,000. Sweet dreams.”
Popular Mechanics admits they’re using figures from 2001 and the number could be higher.
Doing the math if only half of the trucks (100K) use a single driver to save money that’s a total of 100,000 garbage men. Which leaves us with 100K garbage trucks remaining. If you figure they use two people a driver and a loader, that adds up to 200K garbage men. This brings the total to roughly 300,000 spying garbage men!
Republic Services the second largest waste disposal company behind Waste Management also trains their employees to spy on Americans!