Company: Jersey Specialized Hauling
Anthony literally grew up in the waste business. Starting as a garbage collector at 16 to make some extra cash, he eventually opened up his own garbage and recycling collection business years later, which he sold a few years later. He then went on to become the General Manager for a large private hauler in NJ where he spent many years. He recently started his own business again re-entering the roll-off industry with his son Nick and partner Vinny. When asked why he started in the garbage business, he said "my friends were doing it and making good money" and that was reason enough. It was the perfect job for the average young man–physically demanding, no degree needed, and provided a reliable paycheck.
"The job is recession proof, pandemic proof"
Anthony's second favorite part about his job is dealing with people, but the first part? The money. He stressed how "the job is recession proof, pandemic proof" and how "no matter what is going on in the world, people need garbage picked up". And he's right. Garbage collection was one of the main jobs that actually saw an increase in business during the pandemic, as people stayed home and produced more waste.
Another thing that stuck out when talking to Anthony was his calm demeanor, even when describing a day on the job that sounded more like a TV series plot than real life. When asked what his craziest day on the job was, he said he "couldn't think of anything normal", and went on to describe how he aided the police in the investigation of a woman's murder, all because he found her pocketbook in one of the dumpsters he was servicing.
Without Anthony, the woman may have never received justice.
A testament to the good hearts of many sanitation workers, Anthony went out of his way to call all the numbers in the pocketbook. He spoke to the woman's boss, found out she was missing, and later informed police of her last moves written in the book, which helped them solve the investigation. Without Anthony, the woman may have never received justice.