Breast Cancer Awareness – Kicking Breast Cancer to the Curb

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Waste Management Industry is Spreading the Word

According to the American Cancer Society, there will be 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer, 63,410 new cases of breast carcinoma in situ, and 40,610 breast cancer deaths in 2017. The National Breast Cancer Foundation reports that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Treatment for this terrible disease is most effective when discovered early through regular screenings, which makes public reminders to schedule screenings so important.

Most people are aware of breast cancer, but many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages. It’s also important to encourage others to do the same. While less than 1% of all breast cancers occur in men, men need to be checked for breast cancer too. In 2017, about 2,470 men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

As October comes to a close, we want to highlight a few of the waste service providers who are raising awareness for breast cancer and helping fund research for a cure this month and all year long.

Gallegos Sanitation, Inc. – Think Pink Program

The GSI Think Pink Program supports local charitable organizations with funds raised to reduce the personal impacts on real people in their community. Participants in the program can choose to direct their donation to Hope Lives Breast Cancer Support Center or UCHealth Cancer Center.

Flood Brothers – Strides Against Breast Cancer

Events are held in cities across the country to raise awareness and funds for research. On Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, Flood Brothers provided pink garbage cans and their pink truck to the event attended by thousands.

Boon & Sons – Pink Cart Trashes Cancer

Boon & Sons offers their customers the ability to choose a pink cart. There is a one time $5 charge for the use of a Pink Cart, which goes to support the Society’s breast cancer awareness programs.

Fogle’s Septic Services – Fight for the Cure

During the month of October a percentage of Fogles pumping proceeds will be donated to help fight for the cure. Fogle’s also accepts donations throughout the year.

Casella – Casella Cares, Supporter of Making Strides

Metropolitan Recycling – For the Cure

Cal-Waste Recovery Systems – We Go Pink

Recology Yuba-Sutter – Pink October

Employee Owners at Recology Yuba-Sutter support the Geweke’s Caring for Women Foundation. The foundation provides financial assistance to women in the Yuba-Sutter community who are battling female forms of cancer

Ingrum Waste Disposal – Wearing Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Cascade Cart Solutions – The Pink Cart

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The Pink Carts are available to solid waste and recycling companies across North America with $5 of every purchase going towards American & Canadian Cancer Societies’ efforts to end breast cancer. Pink Carts has raised over $600,000 for American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.


WCA – Pink Trucks and “Pink Shirt Fridays” year round

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WCA has painted a variety of their trucks, roll-off containers, and commercial dumpsters pink. They have an ongoing program called “Pink Shirt Fridays” where they donate $4 to breast cancer research at MD Anderson for each employee who wears a pink shirt to work on the last Friday of every month. To date, WCA has raised over $78,000 for Breast Cancer Research.


Bingo Bins – Going Pink

Arwood Waste and Partners Nationwide

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Even though Breast Cancer Awareness Month is coming to an end, our work is far from over. From funding research, to reminding those we love to get screened, to scheduling our own appointments to get checked, everyone has an important part to play in battling breast cancer every day of the year.

We want to thank all of the many commercial and municipal waste service providers for their support and fundraising efforts to find a cure for breast cancer.

Waste and Recycling Workers Week and our friends in the waste management industry care about you so make your plan today. Tell your friends and GET SCREENED!

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