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Waste Management Encourages Summer Safety Around Collection Trucks

Wednesday, June 17, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Anne Piacentino
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Source: Market Watch

June is National Safety Month and Summer Months Bring More Kids Outside

POMPANO BEACH, Fla., Jun 04, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- June is National Safety Month, and Waste Management encourages residents to review summer safety tips around waste and recycling collection trucks. As school closing bells ring in summer break, safety precautions are especially important in the summer months when children enjoy more time playing outside.

“We care about the neighborhoods we serve, and ensuring the safety of residents is our top priority,” said Dawn McCormick, Director of Communications for Waste Management Inc. of Florida. “Children are always fascinated by waste and recycling trucks and how they work, but parents should teach them to keep a safe distance and use common sense.”

Waste Management drivers created these Summer Safety Tips - seven tips to encourage safe habits around residential collection vehicles:

Summer Safety Tips

Learn the schedule of when service vehicles are in the area. Waste and recycling trucks, postal vehicles and other package delivery services keep regular schedules within each neighborhood.

Keep a safe distance from the truck – at least 15 feet. Never climb on the truck. Do not play or stand in or around waste and recycling bins or cans, since you may not know when the truck is coming to empty them.

Do not attempt or allow children to help with loading any materials into the truck. In addition to moving truck parts, debris can come out of the truck when its contents are being compressed.

Vehicles like Waste Management trucks make frequent stops and often back-up, so don’t follow the truck closely while walking, running, biking or skating. Stay alert and listen for the back-up alarm with “beep-beep-beep” sounds.

There are several areas where the visibility is restricted for the driver. If you can’t see him/her in the eyes, they most likely can’t see you.

It takes service vehicles about twice as long to stop as a passenger car, so never cut in front of or stop suddenly in front of one. Always keep a safe distance from a truck.

Every Waste Management truck is equipped with a back-up alarm. Whether you are walking or driving near one of our trucks, if you hear this sound or see the white back-up lights, be sure to move out of the way of the truck.

It only takes a few minutes to talk to children about these important Summer Safety Tips. That’s less time than it takes for an ice cream cone to melt.


Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit or

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