Safety First

Waste and Recycling Workers Week is proud to support SWANA's Slow Down to Get Around (SDTGA) initiative. Slow Down to Get Around is a national safety campaign that aims to reduce the risk of accidents by reminding motorists to drive with extra caution in the vicinity of waste and recycling collection vehicles.

The leading cause of death for waste and recycling collection workers is car collisions but the risk extends far beyond that. Children often go outside to watch the garbage, recycling and yard waste collection trucks and greet the workers. These children and families are difficult or impossible to view when passing the truck.

When combined with reckless driving, excessive speed or a simple lack of caution while passing, this is a recipe for disaster. Let's work together to raise awareness and prevent tragedy.

Save Lives with One Easy Choice

Slow Down to Get Around It sounds so simple, but many drivers fail to do it. When you’re driving behind a recycling or garbage truck performing curbside collection services, slow down. Leave a little extra space to accommodate frequent stops and slow down before passing. We understand drivers are often in a hurry. So many of us have too much to get done and never enough time to do it. But safety should always, always come first. Nothing is worth risking … Read moreSave Lives with One Easy Choice

Slow Down to Get Around

A Campaign to Save Lives Slow Down to Get Around (SDTGA) is SWANA’s national safety campaign. The campaign reminds motorists to drive more carefully when near waste and recycling collection vehicles. By slowing down, drivers protect themselves, the waste and recycling collection workers and other motorists. Being struck by a motor vehicle is a leading cause of death for waste and recycling collection employees. With proper awareness, these deaths are preventable. Slow Down, It’s the Law! Slow Down to Get Around … Read moreSlow Down to Get Around