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WasteExpo 360, the largest annual gathering of waste and recycling industry leaders, is always a fantastic opportunity to learn and network, but this year’s show exceeded all expectations. The thing that was on everyone’s mind? Safety and the ongoing labor shortage.
Promoting safety is my passion, and it was exciting to finally see the issue become the focus of dialogue industry-wide. Companies are realizing that ignoring safety or keeping it siloed from the rest of their operations is no longer an option. As the fifth most dangerous industry in the U.S., waste and recycling has reached a tipping point. Here are some highlights:
Attracting and retaining employees in waste and recycling jobs is one of the single biggest challenges that companies and municipalities face. The labor shortage is a pervasive problem that has many industry leaders talking. How can they attract a work force? How can they reach younger generations? What needs to change? Here are some thoughts from the conference:
Waste and recycling companies of all sizes are acknowledging that they need to make a commitment to safety. It makes sense as a way to attract talent, boost morale, and protect your bottom line in a litigious society. Above all, when an employee comes to work, we want to make sure they go home at night.
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