Cleaning Streets, Winning Hearts

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If you were a 6-year-old boy and you got to call the shots for the day, what would you do?

Sacramento’s newest hero, Ethan, got his very own garbage truck, hard hat, and cape on Tuesday and instantly became the city’s most celebrated garbage man.

Thanks to some behind-the-scenes wizardry by Make-A-Wish, Ethan rode around Sacramento in “Ethan’s Garbage Truck,” escorted by police with flashing lights, as smitten grown-ups lined the streets to cheer him on. 

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He made a stop at the CalEPA building, partly to shake hands with department directors and city leaders, partly to learn about recycling and clean air and water, but mostly to push the buttons on some big, loud machines that move recyclable materials from a pretty big container to a really big container. 

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Oh, and to give Recycle Rex a hug.

You go, Ethan. Thanks for making us all feel like kids again!

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— CalRecycle Staff
Posted on Jul 28, 2016

Summary: Sacramento’s newest hero, Ethan, got his very own garbage truck, hard hat, and cape on Tuesday and instantly became the city’s most celebrated garbage man. Thanks to some behind-the-scenes wizardry by Make-A-Wish, Ethan rode around Sacramento in “Ethan’s Garbage Truck,” escorted by police with flashing lights, as smitten grown-ups lined the streets to cheer him on.