Street cleaners and trash collectors have a tough job in any city, but in pedestrian-friendly Venice, sanitation workers don't have modern garbage trucks and street-cleaning machines to do the heavy lifting. Instead, they pick up bags of garbage and recyclable materials by hand and deposit them in pushcarts--and when it's time to sweep the streets, they rely on old-fashioned twig brooms.
The pictures below show employees of AMAV, the Venice sanitation agency, going about their work on a foggy morning in early March. (AMAV stands for "Azienda Multiservizi Ambientali Venezia.")
Meanwhile, next to a bridge farther along the canal, an AMAV garbage barge is receiving trash. (You can see the boatman lifting a garbage cart with a small hydraulic crane. When the cart is positioned over an open hatch, the cart's bottom is released and bags of garbage fall into the hold.)