Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: Waste haulers deserve our thanks

As the holiday season arrives, we want to remember those people in our lives who are essential to our health and well-being, including those special service providers we so often take for granted. How many of us include on that list our local waste haulers? Consider this: What other service providers pay us a visit every week, regardless of the weather, often on holidays when everything else is closed? Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in early 2020, the commercial haulers — deemed essential workers by both the state and federal governments — have continued to provide collection services despite the daily risk to themselves.

Our local haulers perform a job that most of us would prefer not to do — removing the rejects and refuse of our daily lives, relieving us of the burden of hauling heavy, soiled bags on our own. Their service plays a large role in keeping our environment healthy and our homes and properties safe and presentable, as well as being an essential part of our efforts to recycle. Those local haulers who collect waste and recyclables at our town drop-offs also provide a valuable disposal alternative for residents wishing to self-haul.

The Solid Waste District would like to express its thanks to these devoted workers, and we ask that you please remember your local hauler, especially over the next several weeks, recognizing that the holiday season is one of their busiest times of the year. If you get a chance, please let them know how much they are appreciated!

Timothy Wickland

Weybridge

Chair of the Board of Supervisors

Addison County Solid Waste Management District

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