JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Leaders with Waste Management offered green tips for parents and students as they head back to school.
- Reduce the trash created by disposable bags, sandwich bags and foil by packing lunches in washable, reusable lunchboxes, bags and containers.
- Keep in mind that whole fruits and vegetables as snacks are healthier and better for the environment than packaged snacks.
- Instead of purchasing individually wrapped snack-sized packages, buy the larger size and pack snacks in reusable containers to save money and the environment.
- When buying new supplies, consider paper and notebooks made from recycled paper as these eco-friendly supply options are available at many large retailers.
Leaders are also encouraging drivers to be safe around Waste Management trucks in school zones.
- Keep a safe distance from the truck – at least 15 feet. Never climb on the truck.
- Vehicles like Waste Management trucks make frequent stops and often back-up, so don’t follow the truck closely while walking, running, biking or skating. Stay alert and listen for the back-up alarm with “beep-beep-beep” sounds.
- There are several areas where the visibility is restricted for the driver. If you cannot see the driver’s eyes, they most likely cannot see you.
- It takes service vehicles about twice as long to stop as a passenger car. Always keep a safe distance from a truck.
- Every Waste Management truck is equipped with a back-up alarm. If you hear this sound or see the white back-up lights, be sure to move out of the way of the truck.