Arwood Waste Jacksonville Call Center – Waste and Recycling Workers Week Celebration

Taking out the trash is a regular task done by one or more family members in a household.   Not much thought goes into it after that except on pick up day when the collection and hauling away becomes someone else’s job.

 We should always show our gratitude for our hard working garbage men and women. 

Start by saying “Thank You” to your community trash service workers in appreciation for all they do.

NATIONAL GARBAGE MAN APPRECIATION WEEK, which begins June 17, 2019, offers the perfect opportunity to acknowledge these men and women.  Waste workers are responsible for everything from daily truck inspections to dealing with the public concerns of waste management.  What the public doesn’t know is how dangerous waste collection can be.  Garbage collection is in the top five most dangerous jobs in America!

These workers deal with heavy and dangerous equipment daily, and as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fatality rate is 33 persons per 100,000.  This alarming figure is ahead of policemen, construction workers, and miners.

Other conditions in which workers ae exposed to besides all types of weather include:

Being chased by dogs, or guard dogs that are chained to dumpsters.  Having a raccoon or snake meet you when crawling into a dumpster in order to pack it down for transport.  Or the surprise of being attacked by bee’s.

Garbage men and women are some of the most important members in our communities.  Yet, they routinely go unrecognized, or even looked down on. Their contributions to the removal and recycling of refuse is vital for a safer, cleaner America.

NATIONAL GARBAGE MAN APPRECIATION WEEK, is for the celebration of these workers.  Take the opportunity to show your support and appreciation by offering a snack, cold water or maybe a cold Gatorade during the hot season.  Hot coffee in a to-go cup on a cold day would go a long way as a “thank you”.  Give a thank you note or tell them in person how much you appreciate their efforts.

Visit this website ( for additional information and ways to take part in the celebration of our waste collection members.