That is not a "refuse lorry". That is a "bin lorry". Or "dustbin lorry". Almost nobody over here says "refuse", "trash" or "garbage" (although most would know what it means if used in context). We'd say "rubbish", which is thrown away in a "rubbish bin" or "dustbin". The operatives of the bin lorry are "bin men".
Is that due to a change in terms since 1972? Curious if that is the cause.
In a way it is a sign of the times. You may note that the reporter is speaking a certain way - what's known as "received pronunciation" or "the Queen's English" (or to many people, simply "posh"). Back then this was typical of broadcasters, who spoke in a way not necessarily representative of the populus. "Refuse" is the sort of word someone from the higher echelons of society might use, as is demonstrated here. The sort of person who may have talked about the "refuse" being put out for collection would probably have had someone do it for them.