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Sunday, June 13 - Saturday, June 19

Prince William Observes Waste and Recycling Workers Week

12:00 AM - 11:59 PMAdd to Calendar
5 County Complex, Prince William, VAGet Direction

June 17 - Special Week to Recognize Waste and Recycling Workers

The week of June 17 is National Waste and Recycling Workers Week, formerly known as Garbage Man Day.  Annually, communities across the nation are encouraged to take a moment during this special week and show appreciation for the men and women in the solid waste management industry.  These workers, particularly, trash and recycling collectors keep neighborhoods and streets safe and clean.

June is also National Safety month and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these workers rank 6 out of 10 on the list of  fatal job injuries, which makes safety an appropriate focus year round.  The Prince William County Solid Waste Division will recognize National Waste and Recycling Workers Week, with a focus on worker safety and appreciation. All trash haulers that come to the Prince William County Landfill on June 17 will receive an expression of thanks and a special treat that includes safety tips.   

In addition to collecting trash, solid waste industry employees are also pioneers in advancing technologies such as recycling, renewable and sustainable energy, and reduction of fossil fuel dependence. Match that with their clear impact on community cleanliness and hygiene, and it seems the modern-day garbage man should receive more than our garbage every week.

During the week of June 17 (June 13-19), there are many ways that residents and businesses can show support and appreciation for the people doing these dangerous and important jobs. Here are several suggestions:

  • Slow down and pay extra attention when approaching or passing a collection vehicle.
  • Follow the provided guidelines for size and weight limitations and types of materials discarded in the regular trash and recycling bins.
  • Properly dispose of hazardous materials, do not put them in the trash.
  • Use more caution when putting harmful items in the trash such as glass or hot ashes.
    Recycling Container with gift and "thanks" on the street
  • Consider ways you can reduce, reuse and recycle things instead of throwing them in the garbage.
  • Wave to your collector to show your awareness and appreciation of their efforts.
  • Express thanks and appreciation with a chalk drawing on the sidewalk or driveway, or a cardboard sign, banner taped to your trash receptacle. 
  • Give the landfill attendants an air “high five”.

To learn more about National Waste and Recycling Workers Week, and how to show support, go to https://www.wasterecyclingworkersweek.org/.  Celebration ideas and photos may be sent to [email protected].

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