Sunday Focus | Job satisfaction in central business district

Mark Nason has been in his job as a ToxFree truck driver for eight years and loves what he does for a living. Picture: Scott Gelston

Mark Nason has been in his job as a ToxFree truck driver for eight years and loves what he does for a living. Picture: Scott Gelston

EIGHT years after getting a call from his brother-in-law asking if he wanted a new job, ToxFree truck driver Mark Nason loves being out on the road.

Although most of Launceston is used to using wheelie bins, Mr Nason and his "runner" Matt Chatwin do the Thursday night central business district run, collecting rubbish bags the old- fashioned way, with Mr Nason up front and Mr Chatwin riding along on the tailgate.

"The run sees us criss-cross the inner city blocks in what appears to be a random pattern, but I'm assured that it's a tried and true method. You don't get two days the same," Mr Nason said as we stop to collect bags in The Avenue.

Originally, as a kid, I wanted to be an architect - Mark Nason

"I thought it would be the type of job that's a bit repetitive, but every day can be a bit different."

Despite the irate drivers, non- compliant bins and children coming on to the streets to check out their work ("kids are fascinated by the trucks"), Mr Nason loves driving for a living.

"Originally, as a kid, I wanted to be an architect," he said.

"And it's funny, I started driving trucks, enjoyed it and couldn't work in an office if I tried."

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