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Recognizing June 17-21 as Waste and Recycling Workers Week


[Eureka, California, June 13, 2024] - In a world increasingly focused on sustainability and environmental stewardship, it's essential to acknowledge the unsung heroes who make it possible. That's why Humboldt Waste Management Authority proudly supports June 17-21 as Waste and Recycling Workers Week, part of a larger national campaign dedicated to honoring the invaluable contributions of waste and recycling workers to our communities and the planet.

Every day, rain or shine, these dedicated individuals are on the front lines of environmental protection, ensuring that our streets are clean, our waste is properly managed, and our resources are recycled responsibly. They brave challenging conditions, heavy equipment, and tight schedules to keep our neighborhoods clean. 

Waste and recycling workers play a vital role in the circular economy, where resources are used efficiently, reused, and recycled to minimize waste and environmental impact. By collecting and processing waste and recyclable materials, they prevent pollution, conserve energy, and preserve natural resources for future generations.

Despite the critical nature of their work, waste and recycling workers often work behind the scenes, their efforts going unnoticed by many. Waste and Recycling Workers Week aims to change that by shining a spotlight on these essential workers, acknowledging their dedication, and expressing gratitude for their service.

"As a community, we owe a debt of gratitude to our waste and recycling workers who work diligently day in and day out to keep our neighborhoods clean and sustainable," said HWMA Executive Director Eric Keller-Heckman. "Acknowledging June 17-21 as Waste and Recycling Workers Week is a small token of our appreciation for their hard work and dedication."

Throughout Waste and Recycling Workers Week, HWMA encourages citizens, businesses, organizations, and government agencies in Humboldt County to join in honoring and thanking waste and recycling workers for their commitment to public service.

Join us in recognizing and celebrating the vital contributions of waste and recycling workers to our communities and society as a whole. Visit the website for an educational overview of garbage collection efforts, from 3000 B.C. to today