Fairfax County Celebrates National Garbage Man Day

June 13, 2017
For Immediate Release

Fairfax County Celebrates National Garbage Man Day

Fairfax County's Solid Waste Management Program is celebrating the fifth annual National Garbage Man Day during the week of June 17-24. Trash collection is hard, physical work and it's the fifth most dangerous job in the country. To honor the service of this important labor force, a thank-you event will be held on June 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the I-66 transfer station located at 4618 West Ox Road in Fairfax, Va. Collection workers arriving at the transfer station to empty their trucks will be given water bottles, a custom-designed cooling towel, and a heartfelt thank-you.

Most people take for granted that the trash they leave on the curb in the morning is gone when they return home at the end of the day. Last year more than 1.3 million tons of trash and recyclables were collected from approximately 400,000 households and 116,000 businesses throughout the county. The efforts of these hardworking men and women keep communities clean and safe.

"We ask that you stand with us in respecting the work they do and the service they provide, and that you slow down and pass them with care if you must get around them," said Dennis Batts, emergency operations and safety manager, Solid Waste Management Program. "You can help ensure that they get home safely to their families each night."

Nationally, there are approximately 100,000 trash and recycling collection workers picking up more than 250 million tons of waste each year. Collection workers work on the hottest days of summer, the coldest days of winter, in driving rain and blowing snow, and on highways and streets where other drivers are often distracted or in a hurry. In recent years, the Solid Waste Management Program has stepped up its efforts to protect its workers and to share information with private haulers operating in the Northern Virginia region in the hopes of helping to keep them safe as well.

Last year, the Slow Down to Get Around campaign drew attention to the dangers collection workers face each day and the law that was passed to protect them. After that event a safety page was created, providing numerous resources for collection workers to access including the "No Excuses" video, which features "actors" from the county's Solid Waste Management Program and other Department of Public Works and Environmental Services employees.

"Whether it's a smile and a wave or a thank-you, take a moment to show them a little love and let them know you appreciate the work they do," Batts said.

National Garbage Man Day


Contact: Matthew Kaiser, Public Information Officer 
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services 
703-324-8455, TTY 711


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