Worker deaths in the trash and recycling industry increased by 70% compared to two years ago, according to recently released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The industry is 10 times more deadly than the national average, and moved into 4th place on the list of most dangerous occupations. Only fishing, logging, and flying a plane are more dangerous.
This trend gives statistical support to trash worker stories and eyewitness accounts that Partnership affiliates have collected showing the brutal working conditions and dangers that trash and recycling workers face every day.
The good news is that the Partnership's recycling jobs campaign is developing new ways for cities to use their power to raise industry standards, for the good of both workers and the environment. Stay tuned for more analysis, tools, and action updates as the campaign rolls into 2013.