REFUSE-NIKS: Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia and Sims' Tom Outerbridge in Sunset Park. Photo: Buck Ennis
Most cities use machines to hoist their garbage from curb to truck. New York has guys like Julius Brewster. The 56-year-old works most nights from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. hauling commercial waste for Metropolitan Recycling in Brooklyn.
“The smell used to get to me,” Brewster said from behind the wheel of his 22-ton truck on a recent Wednesday.
Brewster and his partner hopped out at the corner of Avenue U and 26th Street in Sheepshead Bay to throw heavy cardboard boxes piled with rotting fruit into the maw of the truck. When some of the slop fell to the pavement, Brewster scooped it up with his hands.