Video of the Day: Oddly fascinating compilation of trash-truck action

Lean back, relax and watch what my toddler grandson likes to watch

A plus-size garbage truck mechanically hoists a can of refuse into its hopper

My 2-and-a-half-year-old grandson, Bruce, is a natural-born car guy.   As well as playing with an endless array of toy cars, Bruce also likes watching videos of car and motorcycle racing, monster truck rodeos and such. 

He has a real affinity for work trucks of all kinds, from fire trucks (naturally) to earth movers.  But one of his special interests is trash trucks – he’s made friends with the drivers of the automated garbage and recycling trucks that stop at our curb once a week. The drivers know him; they wave and sometimes stop and make the equipment dance for his amusement. 

Bruce also likes to watch this particular video, a 20-minute compilation of dozens of garbage and recycling vehicles in action.  Created by Thrash ‘N Trash Productions, it’s simply a curbside look at mostly automated machinery mechanically hoisting trash cans and dumpsters into their hoppers, one after the other.

The video is strangely mesmerizing as well as being somewhat fascinating as so many configurations of trucks are shown, all with the same purpose of picking up refuse and hauling it away.

So set your mind to idle and see what our toddler sees.

Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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