Tyler’s residential and commercial garbage collectors were recognized for their service during a luncheon Wednesday.

The event, which took place at the Solid Waste Department, was in honor of National Garbage Man Day, which was Tuesday.

Galen Billington, residential superintendent with Tyler’s Solid Waste Department, told the workers that they are appreciated and read positive feedback from residents.

“We might not tell you all the time that you do a good job, but you know the job that you do — you’re doing a good job,” Billington said. “We know we bring complaints to y’all all the time, but we want to make sure that your compliments be heard also.”

He went on to say that collectors must work during inclement weather, and the city wants to continue to recognize them each year.

“Everybody else has a holiday. Why not the garbage man have a holiday?” he told the workers. “It’s not an official off day, but come to work, be proud of your job and just enjoy your job. Enjoy the job that you do.”

Door prizes also were given away and each worker received a gift bag.

According to a news release, it is estimated that 2,000 tons of solid waste is collected each week in the city, as well as 30 tons of recycling.

Billington said anyone who wishes to show their appreciation for a garbage collector may do so by leaving a note on their trash can or contacting the Solid Waste office at 903-531-1388.


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