87-year-old Troy man continues hauling trash, even through pandemic

87-year-old Dominic Tringali has replaced two knees and one hip and is still hauling trash – as he has done for 70 years.

Nine months of a pandemic slowed many people down. Since we are all sitting in our house, online shopping is higher than ever, which means the trash is higher, which means more work for Tringali.

Troy Trash Company owner is still collecting trash at 87

Dominic Tringali may be almost 90 years old but he still rides his big rig picking up trash but is looking for good help.

We first spoke to Dominic in April when people were throwing sinks, stoves, and toilets as the trash was growing on the side of the road.

“You have to keep moving,” said Dominic. Like him, the garbage hasn’t stopped with new parts either.

“(I had) two prosthetic knees and one hip,” he said.

Dominic owns Tringali Sanitation in Troy and even when trash builds up he still drives the big rig because he can’t find any help.

“We have sought our help and nobody is stopping,” said Dominic.

He tells us that people are nervous about the virus, but after 70 years in the garbage trucking business, nothing seems to get him upset.

“I’ve been exposed to almost everything imaginable dragging trash for 50 years,” Dominc said.

His company serves 70,000 private customers in 7 cities, including Troy. And he saw it all.

“People are dumping boats, cars, motorcycles – they think we’re going to take them,” he said.

It’s all made worse by the cabin fever that fueled house cleaning.

“We had houses with 500 pockets. One house, 500 pockets,” said Dominic.

This is not a typo. 500 bags.

Add in the increase in online shopping, especially this time of year, and Dominic’s workload is high, especially when people don’t make it easier for him and his thin crew.

“You get all of these boxes and people stack them on the curb. They don’t break them off or flatten them and put them in the cart. It makes a mess on the curb,” he said.

He has a simple request: shallow boxes and rinse out your recyclables and make it a little easier.

After all, he’s approaching 90 when he plans to retire.

How do you stay so healthy for so long? Here is his advice.

“If you don’t do all the bad things – drink, smoke, carouse – you have a chance,” he said.

Nine months of a pandemic have not stopped him. Even at 87.

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