MANASSAS, VA. June 22, 2017 – American Disposal Services celebrated National Garbage Man Day with daily surprises for their waste and recycling drivers and helpers. The week was dedicated to honoring the waste hauling teams for their hard work, and loyalty to keeping our communities clean.
“The men and women of the waste hauling industry don’t receive the recognition they deserve. They start as early as 2 A.M. and cannot end their days until every home and trash can is collected. Our workers have one of the most physically enduring careers out there. We are pleased to see they have earned their own special day” -Kevin Edwards, General Manager
This national campaign is being celebrated across the country from June 1th through June 23rd, 2017. National Garbage Man Day started in 2013 to celebrate those who work in the waste industry and to raise awareness for our garbage men and women that make our cities and homes livable. The first proclamation took place in Prince William County, VA in 2014.
Each day starting Monday through Friday was designated to be a specific surprise including; decorated break rooms, breakfast, cake and ice cream social, and a goody bag including sunscreen, lip balm, safety gloves, keychain flashlight and a healthy snack for the road. In addition, 300 handwritten thank you cards from local schools: Buckland Mills Elementary of Prince William County, Battlefield Elementary of Spotsylvania County and from the Boys & Girls Club of Prince William/ Manassas Chapter lined the halls of the operations facility. The marketing and HR department created an internal appreciation video with testimonials from the general manager and other departments expressing their gratitude which was displayed in the breakroom throughout the week.
American Disposal Services has 310 drivers and helpers in the Northern Virginia area who service the following counties: Prince William, Fairfax, Arlington, Stafford, Fauquier and Loudoun counties. The company was established in year 2000, growing services in 2010 to the Atlanta, Georgia area and in 2016 opened services in the Denver, Colorado region.
When waste and recycling driver, Luis Reyes and helper, Santos Reyes were asked what their most memorable experiences as a garbage man were, they both laughed and Santos said, “When raccoons pop out of the cans, it’s always a funny surprise.”