Last week industry leaders, government officials, and the public gathered together for the 4th NYC Waste & Recycling Safety Symposium. The event was hosted by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), the City of New York Business Integrity Commission (BIC), the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and the New Yorkers for Responsible Waste Management Inc.
Sadly waste & recycling collector is the 5th deadliest job in America. The purpose of such an event is to bring folks together in the interest of bettering safety practices industry-wide in hopes of improving this statistic. Commissioner and chair of the BIC, Daniel Brownell, kicked off the symposium by stating that “the government needs to work with the waste and recycling industry to mandate certain safety protocols and equipment that every truck should have, such as GPS.”
During the event industry experts gave presentations on a number of safety products and safety features on sanitation trucks. Presentations were given by Safety Vendors: Preco, Lytx, Airflow Deflector, Ouster/Fleet Guide, 3rd Eye, Dur-A-Guard, Virgo Fleet Supplies, Rosco.
Guests were then invited outside for an interactive hands-on demonstration of such technology. Action was one of the five trucks on site that gave folks an up-close look at the importance of technology in sanitation trucks. The Action demonstration highlighted the number of safety products safety features that our trucks are outfitted with. Waste Connections, Five Star, and DSNY were also on site to give attendees a tour of their trucks and their safety features.