Yarrabilba residents won’t let anyone rubbish Doug
Published: 11 December 2018
Doug Peall could well be one of the City of Logan’s favourite garbage collectors.
Residents of Verdi Street at Yarrabilba certainly think so.
A group of parents and children gathered on the street last Friday to cheer Doug on his weekly round of emptying wheelie bins in the booming suburb.
They presented him with a Christmas hamper to thank him for his friendliness and consistent service.
“Doug’s always smiling and waving to the kids in the street,” said Verdi Street resident Libby Hamilton.
“They look forward to his truck coming down the street and emptying the bins. He always gives the kids a friendly toot as he drives past.
“He’s like a rock star to us and we just wanted to give him a little gift to say thank you.”
Doug, a Jimboomba resident who has been driving garbage trucks out of the JJ Richards depot at Beaudesert for about two years, said his friendly demeanour came from taking a positive attitude into his job.
“It’s about treating people with respect,” he said.
“The job can be challenging at times but when you are dealing with the public on a daily basis, a friendly attitude makes for a much more positive experience.
“It was great to be acknowledged by the residents in Verdi Street and quite humbling to be given a gift.
“From now on Verdi Street will always have a special memory for me when I do my collection rounds.”
City Parks, Animals, Environment and Waste Committee Chairperson, Councillor Jennie Breene said the City of Logan’s waste collection services take pride in delivering a consistent high-level of service.
“Every day across Logan we have hundreds of workers doing their best for our residents and it is great to see that their efforts are appreciated,” Cr Breene said.
Division 4 Councillor Laurie Koranski said the respect and friendliness Doug afforded his customers was greatly appreciated by the residents of Yarrabilba.
“His positive and professional approach to his work typifies the many community champions we have across Logan,” Cr Koranski said.