Tuesday declared National Garbage Man Day

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors declared Tuesday as National Garbage Man Day. The national movement aims to show appreciation to those who work in the solid waste management industry.

The Prince William Solid Waste Division offers the following suggestions for showing support and appreciation to your trash collectors:

→ Bake some cookies for the crew.

→ Share a wrapped sweet treat or healthy snack.

→ Offer a bottle of cold water.

→ Give them a tip.

→ Leave a thank-you note.

→ Call your trash collection provider and say thanks for a job well done.

→ Meet your collectors at the curb and help them lift your load to show your awareness of their efforts.

→ Follow the provided guidelines for size and weight limitations and types of materials that are discarded in the regular trash.

→ Use more caution when putting harmful items in the trash, such as glass, medical waste, hot ashes or hazardous liquids.

→ Take some ownership of your garbage contributions. Consider ways you can reduce, reuse and recycle what’s thrown in the garbage at home or your place of business.

→ Give the landfill attendants hearty thanks and a “high five.”

For information, visit www.garbagemanday.org.

American Flag Collection Center’s grand opening

An American Flag Collection Center will open Saturday at the Prince William County Landfill at 14811 Dumfries Rd.,.

The center is led by Boy Scout leader Dave Byrne in a joint effort with the Boy Scouts of America Occoquan and Bull Run districts, Keep Prince William Beautiful and the Prince William Solid Waste Division.

Flags may be dropped off during normal landfill operating hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Boy Scouts will staff the center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every second and fourth Saturday to demonstrate proper folding techniques and to answer questions about flag etiquette and history.

Collected flags will be distributed among local Boy Scout troops and civic organizations to be retired and burned according to U.S. Flag Code.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane