Whenever Cindy Mindell stops by the transfer station, she hopes Bart “Bud” Valiante is there.
The array of trash choices — recyclables, household, electronics, metals, bulbs and batteries, etc. — is dizzying.
But, Cindy, says, “Bud is always cheerful, professional and helpful. He offers to carry stuff from my car, walks me to the correct disposal area, and explains why a particular material or item is or is not recyclable.
“He even puts my conscience at ease and expands my eco-knowledge by describing how non-recyclables are repurposed through burning at a waste-to-energy power plant.”
That’s not all. The other day, Cindy told Bud that she was sleep-deprived and panicking because she was in the middle of a move.
He offered to haul items to Goodwill and the transfer station at no cost. He said he’s always happy to help a neighbor in need — and regularly does things like that before and after work.
Cindy did not take Bud up on his kind offer.
But, she says, “No matter how busy he might be when I arrive, he always stops to answer my questions and make sure that I put everything in its proper place.
“For that, for his dedication to his job and the environment, and his generosity of time and spirit, he is definitely an Unsung Hero.”