Did you know that June 17 is National Garbage Man Day?
Each year, communities across the country are asked to recognize individuals in the waste management industry, and the work they do to haul away trash and keep the environment safe and clean.
“The Prince William County Solid Waste Division will recognize National Garbage Man Day with a focus on worker safety. All trash haulers that come to the Prince William County Landfill on June 15 will receive an expression of thanks and a special treat that includes safety tips,” stated a release.
National Garbage Man Day also coincides with National Safety Month.
“June is also National Safety month and according to several sources refuse and recycling collection workers rank 6 out of 10 on the list of fatal job injuries, which makes the special safety campaign, ‘Slow Down to Get Around’ an appropriate focus year round,” stated a release.
More on Prince William County solid waste workers, from a release:
In addition to collecting trash and moving it from one place to another, the employees of the solid waste industry are also pioneers in advancing technologies such as recycling, renewable and sustainable energy, and reduction of our dependence on fossil fuels. Match that with the clear impact on city cleanliness and hygiene, and it seems the modern-day garbage man should be receiving a little more than our garbage every week.
To celebrate your community garbage collector, you can slow down and be careful when passing a trash pickup vehicle, offer them a water or snack, give them a “thank you”, or leave them a thank you note.
“The movement’s organizer encourages communities across the nation to take a moment and show appreciation for the men and women in the solid waste management industry and particularly, our trash collectors, for the life-saving service they provide on a daily basis,” stated a release.