Robert Mitchell has finished up at Gunnedah Workshop Enterprises after 30 years.
A farewell luncheon and presentation was held on Thursday at Gunnedah Recyclit.
Born in Manilla, Mr Mitchell moved to Gunnedah in 1988 and started working in town at the enterprises not long later. He also drove the truck around town for the business collections.
“I was doing the pallets and doing the ties there for the abbatoirs,” Mr Mitchell said.
About four years later, he moved out to Gunnedah Recyclit on Bennett Road.
Gunnedah Workshop Enterprises manager Mick Hull said Mr Mitchell had to be forced to annual leave.
“He’s a very good, hard worker,” he said.
“He hardly takes a day off work. You try to get him to take holidays and he says, “No, no, no” because he wants to go to work.”
Recyclit supervisor Dave Cole echoed Mr Hull’s comments.
“I would have liked to have ten of him because he was a good worker,” Mr Cole said.
Now 70, Mr Mitchell said he will spend his retirement catching up on projects.
“I’ve got a lot of things around here to do,” he said.