June 17-24, 2019: Garbage Man Week

WHEREAS, the citizens of Michigan recognize the often thankless job of waste collectors; and,

WHEREAS, John Arwood, second-generation owner of Arwood Waste Collection Services, began the annual observance of National Garbage Man Day on June 17, 2012; and,

WHEREAS, the men and women employed by local refuse collection and hauling companies contracted by the State of Michigan make significant contributions to the safety, health, and welfare of our citizens; and,

WHEREAS, with an area spanning 96,716 square miles and thousands of miles of roads, Michigan depends on the collection of waste and recyclables to promote a clean and safe 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 State of Michigan values and celebrates our local sanitation industry employees for their commitment to our residents, businesses, and communities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim

June 17-24, 2019, as Garbage Man Week in Michigan and encourage all citizens to join me in thanking the hardworking men and women who ensure our communities are kept clean and safe.