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Thank You Sanitation Workers

Solid waste and recycling collection is a critical and essential part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The men and women working in the waste and recycling collection industry are on the front lines of protecting human health and the environment. SWANA is collaborating with Glad to support sanitation workers across the United States and Canada personally affected by COVID-19 through the Sanitation Workers Support Fund.

NOTICE: Due to the increase of applications, we anticipate delays in our review process. But we are fully committed to continue our work to help those that are affected by COVID-19. Thank you for your patience.

Application Eligibility Extended to December 18, 2020

The Sanitation Workers Support Fund was established by Glad and SWANA to provide financial assistance to front-line solid waste and recycling collection workers impacted by COVID-19. Glad and SWANA are expanding eligibility beyond front-line collection workers such as drivers and helpers.

The Fund is open to:

  • Solid waste and recycling front-line collection workers
  • Solid waste workers at a municipal sanitation department or hauling company who have direct interaction with front-line collection workers, including but not limited to:
    • Supervisors
    • Dispatchers
    • Mechanics and other maintenance personnel
    • Administrative staff
  • Recycling facility workers, including front-line workers (e.g. pickers, equipment operators)
  • Workers at recycling facilities who have direct interaction with these front-line workers, including but not limited to:
    • Supervisors
    • Maintenance personnel
    • Administrative staff

Solid waste and recycling workers qualify if they:

  1. Have tested positive for COVID-19, with a demonstrated COVID-19-related inability to work and/or medical bills
  2. Were laid off because of COVID-19 and continue to be unemployed
  3. Belong to a family where an immediate family member was a solid waste or recycling collection worker and passed away—whether directly, or in combination with other health conditions—by COVID-19.

Applications will be processed on a rolling basis and accepted until the fund is depleted. Please note, there will be a limit on the number of applications approved from any specific state, province, or country to ensure funds are distributed in an equitable manner across different locations. SWANA membership is not required to be accepted as a recipient.

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