The Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) is proud to recognize the dedication, hard work and professionalism of its waste services staff and recycling contractors during this year’s National Waste and Recycling Workers Week, June 13-19. Originally recognized as National Garbage Man Day, 2021 is the second year that an entire week is being dedicated to honor all workers in the waste and recycling industries.
For 2021, an added emphasis is being placed on the safety of waste and recycling workers. The Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA) “Slow Down to Get Around” campaign reminds the public to slow down when driving around solid waste and recycling collection vehicles. Florida’s “Move Over” law requires motorists either to move over one lane when possible for stopped law enforcement, emergency, sanitation, utility service vehicles and tow trucks or wreckers or to slow down to 20 miles per hour below the speed limit when it’s not safe or feasible to move over.