State of Vermont
WHEREAS, Vermont recognizes the often thankless job of waste and recycling workers; and
WHEREAS, John Arwood, second-generation owner of Arwood Site Services, began the annual observance of National Garbage Man Day on June 17, 2012, which was renamed to Waste and Recycling Workers Week in 2020; and
WHEREAS, the people employed by local refuse collection and hauling companies contracted by Vermont make significant contributions to the safety, health, and welfare of our citizens; and
WHEREAS, with an area spanning 9,616 square miles and thousands of miles of roads, Vermont depends on the collection of waste and recyclable to promote a clean and safe community and recognizes these workers as First Responders; and
WHEREAS, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the eradication of many diseases in the Western World is due in large part to higher public sanitation standards resulting from effective garbage disposal; and
WHEREAS, the proper collection and disposal of waste and recyclable are vital to preventing disease, litter, and dump heaps; and
WHEREAS, Vermont values and celebrates our local sanitation industry employees for their commitment to our residents, businesses, and communities in keeping our neighborhoods and streets safe and clean.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Philip B. Scott, Governor, hereby proclaim June 12-18, 2022 as
Waste and Recycling Workers Week
Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the State of Vermont on this 13th day of June, A.D. 2022.
Philip B. Scott