AUSTIN, TEXAS – Starting Sept. 1, 2019, Texas motorists will be required to move over and slow down for solid waste collection vehicles, like recycling, composting and garbage trucks, that are in the process of collection. Similar to legislation for emergency vehicles, tow trucks and certain TXDOT vehicles, Chapter 545.157 of the Texas Transportation Code was amended to require motorists to slow down, safely change lanes if possible and operate with caution around solid waste trucks when safety lights are flashing.
The Slow Down to Get Around bill was proposed by the Texas Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of America (TxSWANA) and signed into existing law on April 29, 2019. Texas will be added to the list of 29 other states who have already passed laws to protect waste and recycling collection employees.
The Slow Down to Get Around program is a national safety campaign that was created following tragic accidents that have occurred around the country resulting in severe injury or death of collection employees. 2016 saw a ten-year high with 31 collection related fatalities throughout the country. This bill will save the lives of Texans and help to continue the downward trend nationwide.
About Austin Resource Recovery
Austin Resource Recovery provides a wide range of services designed to transform waste into resources while keeping our community clean. Services include curbside collection of recycling, trash, yard trimmings and large brush and bulk items; street sweeping; dead animal collection; household hazardous waste disposal and recycling; and outreach and education. Austin Resource Recovery offers free, voluntary, and confidential consulting services to help Austin businesses reduce waste and comply with the City’s recycling ordinances. In December 2011, the Austin City Council approved the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan, which is the City’s road map to Zero Waste. The City of Austin is committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to area landfills by 90 percent by 2040. Learn more at austinrecycles.com. Austin Resource Recovery Media Line (512) 974-1800
About Solid Waste Association of North America
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 10,000 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research. For more than 50 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses. For more information, visit SWANA.org.
About the Texas Chapter Solid Association of North America
TxSWANA is the Lone Star Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). TxSWANA is made up of over 500 individual members from various areas of the solid waste industry.