Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administrative office is open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 458, Fairfax, Va 22035

Eric Forbes,
Director, Solid Waste Management

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 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.

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Please contact us if you

  • Have ideas on how to improve this webpage 
  • Are unable to access the SWANA site
  • Have ideas on how to spread the messages to help get solid waste collection off the top ten list of most dangerous jobs

by emailing

Fairfax Virtual Assistant