Refuse and recyclable materials are collected from Fairfax County residences and businesses by a mix of private collectors and Fairfax 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 sixth most dangerous job in this country. Of the 52 waste worker fatalities recorded in 2020, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) reported that 36 (69%) were the result of transportation incidents.