Five reasons to love your recycling driver | WM

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 2:05pm
  • Opinion

How sweet it is! February is the month for love, for reminding friends and family just how much we care.

But what about the folks who aren’t “top of mind” – the people who quietly go about their jobs, making our lives and our neighborhoods better?

That’s right, I’m talking about your local recycling driver. What’s to love? Let’s count the ways:

1. She’s reliable. She knows when you expect her, and she arrives like clockwork. (Even your mother doesn’t visit every week.)

2. He’s always looking out for you. Waste Management drivers are trained to observe and report anything unusual along their routes through a program called Waste Watch. It’s a community partnership that has saved lives and solved crimes nationwide. For example, WM driver James Thomas used his Waste Watch training when he saw a customer collapse to the ground. He called 911 and stayed with his customer until help arrived.

3. She’s your Recycle Often Recycle Right partner. Your driver is your ally for making sure materials make it to the right carts. If you’ve ever come home to find a note fastened to your cart, you know what I mean. Like that time your kids put a plastic bag full of recyclables in the recycling. Chances are, your eagle-eyed driver caught it, and left you a reminder. For next time, no bagged recyclables in the recycling. It’s important to place recyclables loose in your container so Waste Management can sort them properly. Need more tips to how to “clean up” your recycling? Check out RecycleOftenRecyleRight.com.

4. He’s all about clean air and quieter streets for Auburn. Yes, that shiny green truck is powered by natural gas, so the engine runs cleaner and quieter for a smaller carbon footprint. That’s an important part of why your driver and the WM fleet won the 2017 Best Performance award from the Western Washington Clean Cities program.

5. She’s a role model in the community. Take driver Lindsey Leitch as an example. Lindsey’s hard work has earned big smiles and encouragement from her community, including the title “hero” from a girl along her route who dreams of one day driving a shiny green truck. More women are in the driver’s seat these days and are proud to help their communities and the environment.

So, during the month when we show loved ones just how much we care, let’s add recycling drivers to our “lovable people” list – for everything they do to keep our communities clean, green and safe.

Michelle Metzler is the recycling education and outreach manager for Waste Management. Learn more at sustainability.wm.com.

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