Tipping garbage collectors is an annual holiday ritual for millions of Americans. It’s one of the ways we say thanks to those who make our lives easier.
But how much should you give a sanitation worker? Is cash your only option? Are sweets an acceptable alternative? And what about the workers who never leave the truck?
We’ll consider these questions in this jolly Yuletide post from Big Truck Rental, the waste hauling industry’s go-to source for seasonal, long-term, and rent-to-purchase garbage truck rentals. Our trucks are competitively priced and ready immediately to go to work for your fleet!
Tipping Garbage Collectors: When You Decide to Give Cash
Unlike restaurant wait staff, there’s no quick and easy formula for determining how much you should tip your garbage collectors.
Fortunately, etiquette experts have pondered this concern for us. In general, they recommend giving between $10 and $25 per person.
But, before you go this route, check with your local municipality to make sure that it allows cash gifts to city workers.
Giving Gift Cards Instead
Gift cards are usually an appropriate alternative to good old-fashioned greenbacks. For example, Philadelphia residents are known for giving out certificates good for any purchase at their local Wawa, a Philly-based convenience store chain.
Of course, you may not live anywhere near a Wawa. If so, then choose a retail outlet that’s popular in your area, perhaps Walmart or 7-11. The idea is to present a practical gift that the worker can use for anything from a gallon of gas to a quart of milk.
What About Edible Christmas Tips for Garbage Collectors?
Cookies, cakes, and other confections are synonymous with the holiday season. But nowadays, many people are on restricted diets that prohibit sweets, gluten, or dairy. So, a good rule of thumb is to avoid this option unless you know for sure that your garbage collectors will enjoy the items you select.
How to Tip Garbage Collectors When Everyone Stays in the Truck
In most large cities, trucks with robotic grappling arms have replaced the manual dumping of trash bins by hand. These days it’s common for many workers to never leave the vehicle at all during their routes.
If this sounds like your situation, then there’s an easy workaround. Simply mail a few gift cards to the company address, along with a note stating that they’re intended for your local trash collectors. Address the letter to the company president or manager – unless his name’s Ebenezer Scrooge, of course.
Flexible Garbage Truck Rental Agreements
If you own a waste hauling company, then you already know how costly a modern refuse truck can be. That’s why we’d like to tell you about our garbage truck rentals and how they can save you money.
By renting your vehicles from us, you avoid the huge cash outlay of an outright purchase. You use the truck for as long as you need it, then turn it in after the agreement expires.
You can also renew the rental contract or buy the vehicle at a significant discount, whatever works best for you. Contact us today to take the next step. Remember, with Big Truck Rental, you’re always in the driver’s seat.