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How the streets get cleaned

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It’s easy to forget how much work it takes to keep our public spaces clean. This weekend, the Globe and Mail featured a great story in its weekend Toronto section comparing the two street-cleaning methods Toronto uses — man with broom and bag, and motorized garbage sucker — and profiling two of the workers who make them happen.

It’s interesting to note that, when all costs are added up, the non-polluting human is only marginally more expensive per kilometre cleaned than the polluting, somewhat obnoxious machine.