These "garbage men" would open ours and the neighbor's side gates and walk into back yards to fetch the full cans. Some neighbors would take the cans to the edge of their front lawns. Eventually a coating of filth and the smell would summon the Master Sergeant who would order my older brothers to scrub - one of the "Spend an hour scrubbing garbage can" details.
....living in sanitary conditions and staying alive turns out to be something of a priority for people. This is why the largest advances in garbage collection came about during the Industrial Revolution.
Municipalized Trash: It's Uncivilized