350 millions of tons of waste are produced every year in France. The production never stops, meaning that the process of picking it up and cleaning never stops either. This cycle, true to our modern society, implies the responsibility of everyone. Of those who waste, and of those who pick it up.
Those who pick it up are the garbage collectors. In Paris, they are 5 041.
Ignored, we only speak about them when they’re on strike. We only see them when they take a coffee break or when their truck generates traffic. Often insulted, they are held responsible for the dirtiness made by others.
But obersving the garbage collectors of Paris live and work together, is opening a window on the diversity of our country. It is observing a rich and vivid multiculturalism.
When they wear their uniforms, they become a team, an ensemble. Discrimination doesn’t exist. What does it matter what is the skin color or the religion of your co-worker when you have your hands in the same trash can ?
Looking at the garbage collectors, recognizing their contribution to our society and the value of their work is probably a step towards living together. It is, as ken Loach says, looking at the other like a man, a citizen, nothing more, nothing less.