Prince William County residents, businesses and organizations are encouraged to celebrate National Waste and Recycling Workers Week from June 13-19. This was formerly recognized as National Garbage Man Day.
Trash and recycling collection are a critical and essential service. The men and women working in the waste and recycling industry are on the frontlines protecting human health and the environment.
The Solid Waste Division suggests numerous ways that residents and businesses can show support and appreciation during the week of June 13-19 and beyond for the people doing these important, but dangerous jobs.
- 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.
- Consider ways to reduce, reuse and recycle things, instead of throwing them in the garbage.
- Wave to your collector (keeping six feet distance) 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 or 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/. Send celebration ideas and photos to [email protected].