A survey of local services suggests waste services and those collecting from households are held in good regard.
May Gurney polled more than 2,000 people as part of research online into attitudes to local public services.
The survey reported strong popular support for local, front-line staff. Refuse collectors came second only to police officers as providing the most valuable service in their community.
The managing director of May Gurney’s public sector services, John Wilkinson, said: “It is heartening to see that refuse collectors are recognised by many people as providing the most valuable service to their local community. It is an acknowledgment of the hard work and dedication of collection teams up and down the country, and the part they play in helping to improve communities”.
Respondents were also asked which services needed the most improvement. While 41% thought roads should be targeted, only 14% thought recycling services needed attention.