Celebrate Your Garbage Person

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PrintPrince William, VA, May 8, 2014 – June 17 is National Garbage Man Day.  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.

On June 17 the Prince William County Solid Waste Division will celebrate National Garbage Man Day at the Prince William County Landfill. The theme this year is Keeping You and the Environment Safe. All trash haulers that come to the facility on June 17 will receive a word of thanks and some special safety tips because of the tremendous risks these workers are exposed to on the job. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2014, these workers rank 6 out of 10 on the list of  fatal job injuries.

Once the trash and recycling are picked up from your home, business, or school, you probably don’t give it a second thought. You can thank the men and women in the garbage collection and solid waste management business for that.

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.

Just imagine what our communities would be like without dependable collection and processing of unwanted, discarded waste and recyclables.  Think 14th century Black Death/ Bubonic Plague and mid-19th century cholera epidemic.

Shake that thought. Now, let’s celebrate the men and women that provide such important quality of life services to our families, businesses and communities.

There are lots of ways to show your support and appreciation for the people doing these dirty, dangerous jobs:

  • Bake some cookies for the crew
  • Share a wrapped sweet treat or healthy snack
  • Offer a cold bottle of water
  • Give him or her a tip Say a personal “thank you”
  • Leave a  thank you note
  • Call your trash collection provider and give a word of thanks for a job well done, it’s the same number you use for complaints.
  • Meet your collector at the curb and help them lift your load to show your awareness of their efforts.
  • Follow the provided guidelines for size and weight limitations and types of materials that are discarded in the regular trash.
  • Use more caution when putting harmful items in the trash such as glass, medical waste, hot ashes, or improper disposable hazardous liquids.
  • Take some ownership for our garbage contributions. Consider ways you can reduce, reuse and recycle the things being thrown in the garbage from your own home or place of business.
  • Give the landfill attendants a hearty thanks and “high five.”

If you are interested in learning more about National Garbage Man Day, and how you can show your support, go to www.garbagemanday.org. You can also send your celebration ideas and photos to PWCRecycles@pwcgov.org for the County’s Facebook page.


The Prince William County Solid Waste Division (SWD) provides solid waste management, recycling, composting and waste resource education to over 400,000 residents. The division employs more than 50 people and operates the only active Extraordinary Environmental Excellence (E4) rated landfill in Virginia, the highest level of certification awarded by Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP). In 2013, the SWD also earned the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Gold Medal Award for its Sustainability Program. The SWD is a part of the Prince William County Public Works Department, an accredited agency of the American Public Works Association.


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