(WBIR-West Knoxville) "We see extra boxes," Kim Turner said after a morning's worth of trash collection. "We see everything from people's china thrown out this morning, all kinds of things, toys."
Turner is the general manager of Tennessee Trash Service of Lenior City, but on days like the day after Christmas, she went from the office to the streets too.
"We try to double up and just bring out as many people as we can because we're running our Wednesday and Thursday routes today," she said.
Between December 26 and the new year, sanitation workers say this is the busiest time of the year. At TTS, all 18 trucks are on the road.
For Turner, working as a sanitation worker means seeing anything and everything.
"You can kind of see if they got children or not by what the toys-- the boxes out -- that kind of thing," she said.
She said it's also a family affair; her daughter Kayla is also on the trucks too.
"Last night at about 11:00, we're all sitting together in the living room and remembered 'oh yeah, we have to get up at 5 a.m. to run trash routes,'" Kayla said. "So it's definitely hard to get up this morning, but it's worth it to get it all done."
While it's not a job every person wants, Kayla looks at the glass half full.
"We're laughing a lot because you'd see some funny things, and things fall out and we laugh about it. So it's a good time," Kayla smiled.