National Waste and Recycling Workers Appreciation Week

This week of June 13-19, 2021 is National Waste and Recycling Workers Appreciation Week and the Pennsylvania Waste Industry Association (PWIA) and Pennsylvania chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) are recognizing solid waste and recycling workers across the Commonwealth for their valuable contributions protecting human health and the environment.

“Employees in the waste and recycling industry deserve a special thank you, not just this week, but every week for providing an essential service to our communities,” stated Tim O’Donnell, president of PWIA.

“Every day, these employees come to work to help keep residents and businesses across the state safe and clean. They make sure waste is responsibly disposed and help recover recyclables to be made into new products. We thank them for their dedication, professionalism and hard work.”

“Over the last 12 months and during a global health crisis, we have seen how important waste and recycling workers are in our communities,” said Michele Nestor, president of the Pennsylvania chapter of SWANA. “When everything around us shut down, employees in the industry did not stop.

“Instead they were committed as ever to doing what was right — ensuring public health by keeping the communities they call home clean and safe.”

Wondering how you can honor Waste and Recycling workers? Make sure they get home safely every day. In 2018, Pennsylvania was the 22nd state in the nation to pass Slow Down to Get Around legislation.

This law requires motorists to maintain a safe speed and pass collection trucks — and the men and women who operate them — with due care and caution as they collect waste and recyclables.

The Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association (PWIA) represents the private sector companies that collect and process recyclables and collect and dispose of municipal solid waste in Pennsylvania.

PWIA works closely with the National Waste and Recycling Association to advance safe practices in waste collection, processing and disposal.

Pennsylvania’s private sector waste industry is responsible for supporting 26,000 jobs and $680 million in annual employee earnings.

Overall, the industry contributes more than $4.2 billion per year to the Pennsylvania economy in jobs, salaries and spending. PWIA members are proud of their economic contribution to the state and commitment to environmental stewardship. For more information, visit pawasteindustries.org.

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 10,000 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research.

For more than 60 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field.

SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses.

Learn more at SWANA.org.


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