During these unprecedented times, we take our role as an essential service provider seriously and we remain open to service our customers. We understand that everyone is very concerned with the potential spread of the Coronavirus. We’re following the guidelines put in place by the federal government, local governments and the CDC.
Below are some of the safety precautions we’ve implemented to protect our team and our clients:
Did you know that June 17 is Global Garbage Man Day? Truly, there is a holiday for everything.
Global Garbage Man Day was begun to thank the tireless men and women in our nation and the world who work daily to keep our neighborhoods and streets safe and clean. The logo honors those who are vital members of the waste management industry, who work together to build a better environment for us all.
A Global Garbage Man Day slogan, “Keeping You and the Environment Safe,” captures the mission of our waste disposal representatives, and why we should celebrate their jobs. Without them, our world would truly be a stinky mess.
The control of garbage is one of the world’s most important improvements. In the United States alone, more than 250 million tons of garbage are processed every year and that takes a huge team of people to manage. (You can read more about the history of garbage on our previous post.)
According to the National Day Calendar, Global Garbage Man Day “goes far beyond garbage collection. In each community, waste management professionals provide a variety of services and programs designed to protect and reduce the impact we have on our environment. It celebrates the great strides the industry and the experts are taking to make a better world for all of us.”
Collecting garbage is actually a dangerous job, with 2x the fatality rates of police officers, and 7x the fatality rate of firefighters. Why is that? Because garbage workers are exposed to many more potentially harmful elements, like medical waste, dog attacks, pests, and hazardous materials like battery acid that are carelessly tossed into garbage dumpsters. Community members can also create hazards when they are frustrated, angry or oblivious, deliberately harming waste management professionals.
Believe it or not, someone has taken this holiday to the next level, creating promotional items branded with the Global Garbage Man Day logo, including trucker-style hats, custom mousepads, travel/commuter mugs, T-shirts, stickers, a downloadable coloring book, neckties, baby clothing, thank you notes and more. If so inclined, you can order items through the Global Garbage Man Day Store.
Speaking of thank you notes. When is the last time you thanked your waste management team? If you’re like most, probably never. If you get the chance, pop your head out and say “thanks” on Global Garbage Man Day. Better yet, give them some cookies or a thank you card to show your appreciation.
At 123JUNK, we’re proud to be in the trash business. It is even some of our staff’s deepest wishes to make this a career. That’s why we took the time to build actual career paths within our organization.
At our weekly staff meetings, we thank our staff for a job well done, and review any problems, comments or suggestions our team members have for improving our services. This way we can only get better for our clients. And as we grow, this becomes more and more important.
If you have junk in your home or office you’ve been waiting to haul off, and you’re located in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C., let 123JUNK do the work for you. You’ll be greeted by friendly professionals from your first phone call to the actual pickup at your door. We’re doing our bit to protect the environment. Now do yours. Contact us today to schedule your pickup.
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