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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Camden County Celebrates Waste and Recycling Workers Week

The Camden County Board of Commissioners is joining with the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Georgia Chapter in celebrating June 14-20, 2020, as Waste and Recycling Workers Week.

This week-long awareness effort is focused on recognizing the contributions of solid waste workers as essential workers.

Joining other counties, municipalities, and organizations across the state, Camden County is working to elevate the status of solid waste management industry workers with the theme of “I am Essential, not Invisible.” This week is an opportunity to recognize the contributions that solid industry workers make in communities throughout the world and especially in Camden County.

“We are proud to participate in this state-wide effort as we come together to ensure that solid waste workers are recognized as essential and need to be valued as employees that protect our health.” said Kevin Barkley, Director of the Camden County Solid Waste Authority.

Locally, Camden County Solid Waste plans to hold a cookout to recognize Solid Waste employees. After the recent retirement of many long-tenured workers, current employees represent over 100 years of experience and service with the Camden County Solid Waste Authority.

“We recognize the need to remove the cloak of invisibility on solid waste workers by demonstrating the vital role they provide in maintaining the safety and health of communities across Georgia,” said Suki Janssen, SWANA-Georgia Chapter President.

Waste and recyclable material collectors are in the top five most dangerous jobs in the United States.  SWANA-Georgia Chapter wants to bring awareness to protect solid waste workers and elevate the importance of the tasks they perform for Georgia citizens. If you would like to know more about Waste and Recycling Workers Week or SWANA Georgia Chapter, please visit gaswana.org or visit SWANA-Georgia Chapter on Facebook.

The Camden County Solid Waste Authority operates three sites in Camden County, including a Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) landfill, a Construction and Demolition (C & D) landfill, and the Old Still Road Yard Waste Site.

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