Sanitation workers Angelo Bruno (above left) and Eddie Nieves (above right) worked together for nearly 10 years on the same garbage route in Manhattan’s West Village and became fixtures in the community.

After 31 years on the job, Angelo retired in 2010. That same year, he came to StoryCorps with Eddie to share the unexpected lessons he learned along the way and what he still misses about the job. Eddie starts their conversation.

In 2016, Eddie joined Angelo in retirement from sanitation work, but occasionally walks their route to keep in touch with old friends.

Click here to watch “Clean Streets,” the StoryCorps animated short of Angelo and Eddie’s story.

Top Photo: Angelo Bruno and Eddie Nieves at their StoryCorps interview in 2010.

Originally aired September 3, 2010, on NPR’s Morning Edition. A rebroadcast aired on August 31, 2018 on the same program.