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Talking Trash

Talking Trash

Name: Cameron Van Buren
Class Standing: Senior
Major: Communications
Interviewed By: Torian Hill

 

Where do you work?
I work in the Janitorial department. I am responsible for keeping Meier Hall clean.

What is the best part of the job?
Not having to talk to many people while working. I appreciate my own space. With this job, that is a key component. I am even able to listen to music and keep myself motivated to go throughout the day to keep Meier Hall a sanitary and comfortable living space.

What do you like the least about your job?
I’m not too thrilled about how fast things can get so messy sometimes. It really is amazing to see how quickly the trash rooms can regress from the condition the other workers and I left them in.

What is the nastiest thing you have encountered?
The trash rooms. It is almost an art how disgusting those things can get, from pizza and coffee spilled all over the floor to whatever else you can think of.

What is something you we don't know about the service?
What most people don't know is that caring and being responsible with their trash rooms just a little bit can make our jobs easier.

Describe a typical day at work.
A typical day consists of going around the dorm and checking every trashcan to make sure it is not full of bags. I also take out the full trash bags and replace them with new ones. I often do a lot of cleaning trash on the floor or around the cans or anything like that and then take out all the full trash bags to the dumpster.

Do you feel that the pay is worth it?
I'm happy with the money I make and I'm always 100 percent open to the idea of making more. However, keeping the residence hall clean is what matters most and it takes a lot of courage to have that mentality.  

Do you feel that people respect Meier Hall and the work you do to keep it clean?
I feel that the residents of Meier could do a much better job of respecting their residence hall. Saturdays are the one day that we don't clean and when we come back on Sundays the place is always at its absolute worst with trash all over the floors in the stairways and trash rooms and all sorts of disgusting things [are] everywhere. The one day where we trust the residents to take care of the place is always when it gets out of control and it shows that some people don't have any regard for their own living space or the people that clean it.

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