WHEREAS: Inspired to recognize the often thankless job of waste collectors, Jacksonville’s own John Arwood, second-generation owner of Arwood Waste Collection Services, began the annual observance of Waste and Recycling Workers Week on June 17, 2012; and
WHEREAS: The men and women employed by local refuse collection and hauling companies that are contracted by the City of Jacksonville make significant contributions to the safety, health, and welfare of our citizens; and
WHEREAS: With an area spanning 840 square miles and thousands of miles of roads, Jacksonville depends on the rain-or-shine collection of waste and recyclables to promote a clean and tidy community; and
WHEREAS: According to the Center for Disease Control, the eradication of many diseases in the Western World is due in large part to higher public sanitation standards resulting from effective garbage disposal; and
WHEREAS: The proper collection and disposal of waste and recyclables are vital to preventing disease, litter and dump heaps; and
WHEREAS: The City of Jacksonville values and celebrates our local sanitation industry employees for their commitment to our residents, businesses and communities.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, LENNY CURRY, by virtue of the authority vested in me as
mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, do hereby proclaim June 17, 2018 as
GARBAGE MAN DAY
in Jacksonville and encourage all citizens to join me in thanking the hardworking men and women who ensure our communities are kept clean and tidy.