Club Blue Safety
Stop. Watch. Stay Away!
Trucks are all around us, we see them every day.
Are you safe around the trucks that take the trash away?
Garbage Truck Safety Activity Sheet
I'm "Gus the Garbage Truck" and this here is my friend
"Benny the Barrel". We love Mesa residents and we want
to make sure that everyone stays safe when me and my
Solid Waste friends are in your neighborhood emptying
your trash and recycle barrels.
You'll be happy to know that we have some of the best
truck operators in the state. Many of them have
won local and national driving competitions.
However, even with their amazing driving skills, we
still need your help.
What should you do when you see a garbage truck coming down
Stop. When you see a garbage truck
in your neighborhood, be sure to STOP a safe distance away
from the truck. A good general rule of thumb is to
stand back at least a distance equal to the length of the
truck which is about 25 feet. This will protect you from entering any limited
visibility areas that may be associated with large vehicles.
love our garbage truck fans and our operators enjoy watching
their enthusiastic excitement as the truck makes its way
down the street. Many of our fans, particularly our
younger ones, love to watch the truck in motion which is
great. However, you want to be sure to watch from a
safe distance. A perfect viewing spot is from a front
window inside your home or if it's a nice day you can stand
outside but be sure to stay near your house.
Stay Away. In
order to remain safe, you should never approach the garbage
truck. If your family forgot to set your trash or
recycle barrel out for service and you hear the truck in
your neighborhood, please don't put yourself in harm's way.
Instead, have someone call City of Mesa Customer Service at
(480) 644-2221 to make alternative arrangements.
I can see the garbage truck operator but can he or she
always see me?
The truck operator is monitoring several cameras and mirrors,
along with performing other mechanical tasks as he or she safely
services each barrel. This means that they may not always
see you right away. That is why it is important for you to
stay back a safe distance from the truck.
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Solid Waste Management Department
Mesa, AZ 85211
Walk-in service requests/payments:
55 N. Center St.
6935 E. Decatur St.
Mesa, AZ 85207
7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fridays & holidays
Missed barrel notification
Barrel collection schedule
Barrel or service requests
All other service requests should be directed to
Email us (General Questions)