Refresh your memory with SWANA’s Summer Safety Tips!


The solid waste and recycling industry is an essential service every season. However, summer brings extreme heat and challenges that make it harder to work, especially during this difficult time. SWANA encourages you to refresh your memory and check out SWANA’s Summer Safety Tip videos.

SWANA gives tips on various topics such as extreme heat and heat exhaustion, collection safety practices, back-to-school prep, pre-trip inspections, and proper safety techniques. The videos are short and concise, which make them perfect for sharing with employees and peers. Watch SWANA’s Executive Director and CEO David Biderman discuss summer safety heat tips in the first video here!

SWANA Safety

SWANA makes safety its top priority. Safety initiatives work to provide the industry with resources to keep employees safe and to help move the waste collection industry off the list of top 10 most dangerous jobs.

SWANA’s Safety Initiatives:

  • Five to Stay Alive
  • Safety Pledge
  • Safety Ambassadors
  • Slow Down to Get Around
  • Hauler Outreach

More recently, SWANA has been providing guidance and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about SWANA and SWANA’s safety initiatives at

A special thank you to the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services – Division of Solid Waste in Virginia for making the creation of the Summer Safety Series possible!