Global Garbage Man Day

Global Garbage Man Day is a holiday observed on June 17th that celebrates the men and women around the world who collect our garbage, so we don’t have to deal with it. Garbage collectors play an extremely important role in society and prevent us from being buried by the sheer volume of our trash.

If garbage were allowed to build up, it would cause all sorts of health and environmental issues that none of us would want to face. So, on this holiday, we encourage everyone to give thanks to their local garbage collectors for the job they do on a daily basis.

The History of Global Garbage Man Day

This holiday was first created in 2011 by John D. Arwood. It was established as part of Waste & Recycling Workers Week and was intended as a holiday to give garbage collectors the praise they deserve. Even though garbage collectors perform a vital job for our society, very few people think much about them, so this holiday was created to give them the recognition they so rightly deserve.

Interesting Facts About Garbage

Below are some interesting facts about garbage. We feel that anyone who wants to observe Global Garbage Man Day should take the time to learn more about garbage, so we have listed some facts about it below.

  • The most recycled items in the United States are aluminum cans.
  • Each person produces almost 5 pounds of waste per day.
  • The practice of open dumping was banned by the EPA in 1979.
  • Recycling a ton of aluminum cans conserves 21 barrels of oil.
  • One of the first garbage collection services was invented by Athens in 500 B.C.
  • Every hour, 2.5 million plastic bottles are used in the United States.

Observing Global Garbage Man Day

On this day, we recommend that everyone take a few moments out of their busy schedules to give thanks to their garbage collectors. If you don’t know who collects your garbage, or you can’t thank them personally, then take the time to thank garbage collectors via social media using the hashtag #GlobalGarbageManDay.

When is it?
This year (2024)
June 17 Monday
Next year (2025)
June 17 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
June 17 Saturday
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