Category: Safety

Ask Curby: Safe Disposal of Sharps

Posted on: November 28, 2023

Dear Captain CurbySM: I am diabetic and have a lot of used needles. How do I get rid of them? Should I put them in my recycling cart? Rita M. Owosso Dear Rita: Thanks for asking. Your needles, like other medical equipment that can puncture or cut skin, such as lancets, are considered sharps. There... Continue reading

The Scariest Hazards in Waste Disposal

Posted on: October 31, 2023

Working in the waste industry is rewarding, but that doesn’t mean our associates don’t have a tough job. Hazards can come from all different sources. Because we place so much value on safety, we do our best to avoid anything that could threaten the safety and health of our associates and community and world around... Continue reading

What to Do with Old Batteries

Posted on: October 11, 2023

Batteries—we use them for everything from cell phones to flashlights. They don’t last forever, though, and it’s hard to know what to do with them. Most single-use (not rechargeable) household batteries are safe to dispose of in the landfill, but other types of batteries are not only prohibited from going in the landfill, they can... Continue reading

Disaster Preparedness: Managing Household Hazardous Waste

Posted on: September 28, 2023

When you think of disaster situations, it’s likely that your first thought is not what might happen if your paint thinner and disinfectant come into contact. For many, understanding household waste management itself can be overwhelming. Don’t fret, because we are here to answer your burning questions and make sure you’re well equipped with the... Continue reading

A Lesson from Your Garbage Men and Women: Inspect Your Vehicle

Posted on: August 1, 2023

Since Granger has vehicles on the road all day, every day, our associates, including drivers and mechanics, must be vigilant about ensuring these vehicles are in correct working order. After all, if our trucks aren’t in good condition, it could affect the safety of our associates and everyone else on the road. But even those... Continue reading

Safe Fireworks Disposal

Posted on: June 27, 2023

Fireworks might be a fun way to celebrate summer holidays, but they can be extremely dangerous. Just as you should use caution when setting off fireworks, there are safety precautions that need to be taken when disposing of fireworks (or the remains of fireworks). Fireworks disposed of improperly can be a fire hazard. Please follow... Continue reading

Slow Down to Get Around

Posted on: September 30, 2022

Keeping our drivers safe is a priority for Granger every day of the year. The Slow Down to Get Around law just helps make doing that a little bit easier.

Keeping Kids Safe Around Garbage Trucks

Posted on: June 28, 2022

Kids love garbage trucks and they have a great time interacting with their garbage men and women. They enjoy seeing the truck go by and watching the mechanical arm pick up the cart and get excited when the driver waves and honks the horn. And the feeling is definitely mutual. Garbage men and women get... Continue reading

An Easy Way to Keep Your Garbage Man or Woman Safe

Posted on: June 15, 2022

It’s not the most pleasant thing to think about, particularly if you’re in our industry, but the facts are clear—trash and recycling workers continue to be among the most dangerous of professions out there. Not only do these workers have a physically intense job, they frequently put themselves in danger just by going to work... Continue reading

Help Prevent Trash Fires: Keep These 5 Materials out of Your Garbage

Posted on: May 9, 2022

You might not think much about what you put in your trash. Anything that can’t be recycled that you want to get rid of is probably fair game. But some items can pose a fire hazard if they’re not disposed of properly. Please help us keep fire out of our trucks and facilities by keeping... Continue reading

Using Equipment to Keep Associates Safe

Posted on: January 18, 2021

Collecting trash and recycling is an inherently dangerous job. Being out on the roads leaves our associates in harm’s way. The act of lifting heavy, awkward bags or containers repeatedly throughout the day increases the risk of spontaneous, overuse and repetitive motion injuries. As a company, we recognize safety as a core foundational value. Safety... Continue reading

What You Can Do to Help Your Garbage Men and Women During the COVID-19 Situation

Posted on: March 25, 2020

Waste collection is considered an essential service that is vital to the health and safety of our communities. We are grateful and proud of our associates who are out there every day making sure this important work gets done. Their jobs are far from easy, and we know you appreciate them as much as we... Continue reading

A Critical Tool for Safe Driving

Posted on: March 12, 2020

We spend our days driving garbage trucks around your neighborhood. It’s a big responsibility, and we take it very seriously. We know that the most important aspect of our job is not picking up trash—it’s keeping ourselves and the people around us safe. There are many tools we use to ensure we are doing our... Continue reading

Preparing Granger Associates to Do Their Jobs Safely and Effectively

Posted on: March 28, 2019

By Guest Blogger Josh Kindy In my position as training and development specialist, my main duties include onboarding and new hire training, creating and providing industry-specific training material and assisting the operations and safety teams with other projects as necessary. Although many of my duties are focused on our driving staff, I also assist with... Continue reading

Winter Driving Tips from Your Garbage Man

Posted on: December 7, 2017

Your garbage man has a tough job and at no time is it tougher than in the winter months. When conditions are harsh, roads get treacherous and safety is threatened. Luckily, Granger’s drivers make safety a priority every day. They’re experts at staying safe on the roads, so we thought it might be useful for... Continue reading