Refuse and Recyclable Material Collection Worker Safety

Refuse and recyclable materials are collected from Fairfax County residences and businesses by a mix of private collectors and County employees. These workers are doing dangerous work in dangerous conditions on our roads every day. Their safety is as much in your hands as theirs.

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics data, refuse and recyclable materials collection is the fifth most dangerous job in this country - and transportation incidents are the cause of 40 percent of the injuries and fatalities.

Summer Heat Safety

NSC Heat Related Illness Summer Safety Talk Presentation from Fairfax County

Garbage Man Day

Garbage Man Day

Garbage Man Day

Slow Down to Get Around

Slow down to get around

In July 2015, Virginia signed HB1649 into law, joining eight other states that have enacted Slow Down to Get Around legislation: Wisconsin, North Carolina, West Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, and Alabama. The new law, which carries a penalty of up to $250, states that drivers must reduce their speed to at least 10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit and pass at least two feet to the left of any stationary vehicle that is collecting refuse or recyclable materials.

The Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program has been actively promoting Slow Down to Get Around:

Safety Resource Links for Collectors

Safety Tips


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