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What are the actual hours of the sanitation workers? How many hours a week do they work and get paid for? The trash trucks leave at 6 a.m. and are back by noon every day.

The schedule of solid waste employees varies by job assignment, according to Lisa Patterson, communications manager for the city of Lawrence. Solid waste employees report to duty between 5 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., depending on crew assignment and day of the week. About 50 percent of solid waste employees work eight-hour days.
An incentive system encourages the remaining 50 percent who are solid waste loaders and operators to set an energetic work pace. The incentive system recognizes that the time required to complete a route can vary greatly depending on factors such as weather conditions, volume of trash, mechanical breakdowns, and operational interruptions. On a typical day, work can be finished in six hours.

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