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NV sanitation workers recognized on Garbage Man's Day

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Workers at Republic Services were interviewed live on FOX5 on National Garbage Man's Day. Workers at Republic Services were interviewed live on FOX5 on National Garbage Man's Day.
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

On Monday, sanitation workers in southern Nevada were recognized on National Garbage Man's Day. They are the unsung heroes of municipal cleanliness.

Waste management company Republic Services celebrated along with the men and women who work to collect trash from residences and businesses.

The company said it employs more than 1,300 people in southern Nevada to staff its two recycling centers, two transfer stations and two landfills.

While the day is dedicated in name to "garbage men," women who are employed in the field are also getting equal recognition.

Driver Anissa Richards, a 16-year veteran of the waste management, said there are a lot of benchmarks to work toward in belonging in the business.

"You really have to prove yourself," Richards, who drives for Republic Services, said. "It's very challenging but I've proved myself. I can do the job."

For landfill supervisor Tom, the appreciation the company he works for is what has kept him in the garbage business.

"They always look out for our safety," Tom said. "It's basically about doing a job you enjoy. A lot of us take pride in what we do."

The company invited folks to take a picture of their own garbage collecting as part of the appreciation day. You can upload them to facebook.com/RepublicServicesVegas for a chance to win a prize.

In addition, the company suggested a few tips on showing appreciation on this day:

  • Have children color or draw a picture and post them on your garbage bins.
  • Greet your garbage collection providers on pick up day. Say, "Hi!" and thank them personally for their service.
  • Offer baked treats, a cold bottle of water, or a small gift card for coffee as a way to say, "Thanks!"
  • Join the recycling effort. Do your part in the recycling effort - consider ways to reduce, recycle and reuse the things being thrown in the garbage from your home or office.
  • Educate your family about the vital workforce and the importance of recycling to sustain our community and environment.

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