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.
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. Collection workers qualify if they:
Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2020 and processed on a rolling basis. 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 urges the public to take necessary steps to protect sanitation workers from coming into contact with potentially contaminated items. For tips and guidance, download SWANA’s guidance to protect waste and recycling workers here.