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Keeping Kids Safe
Republic Services has an excellent safety program that is one the best in the entire industry, according to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Check out this video of kids encouraging drivers to be safe.

Keeping kids safe is everybody’s responsibility, especially on our roadways, driveways and parking lots. Here are some helpful kid-friendly tips to make sure we all get where we’re going, safely and on time:
  • Always Cross at the Crosswalk
    Kids, it’s never safe to cross in the middle of the street or between parked cars. Drivers—including those in big vehicles like garbage trucks—will have a difficult time seeing you and may not have enough time to react. When there isn’t a marked crosswalk, everyone should cross at the corner. Make sure you always look both ways before crossing any street.

  • Trucks Take Time
    Trucks—especially garbage trucks—take much longer to stop than cars. Play it safe and let a truck go past before crossing the street.

  • Watch for Right Turns
    Kids, before stepping off the curb, look over your shoulder to make sure there isn’t a vehicle behind you about to make a right turn directly into your path!

  • Stay on the Sidewalk
    Always stay on the sidewalk! When there isn’t a sidewalk, walk facing traffic and stay alert.

  • Always Wear Your Bike Helmet
    A bicycle helmet may save your life one day. In fact, in states where there is a mandatory bicycle helmet law, the number of children’s bicycle-related traffic fatalities is 60% lower than other states. And you can also personalize them with reflective tape so you stand out in the crowd—and at night!

  • Pay Attention in Parking Lots
    Parking lots, driveways and other “non-traffic” areas are just as dangerous as the streets. Garbage trucks that are backing up or servicing dumpsters, or any vehicle looking for a parking spot may not see you walking around them. So remember—never play in a parking lot!

Garbage Gus

The Garbage Gus Safety Comic Book

The Republic Services commitment to safety extends to schools where we have created the fun and educational Garbage Gus program to help keep kids safe.

Garbage Gus is a fun, colorful comic book full of great tips on traffic safety. We use it to educate students about the dangers of riding or playing near garbage vehicles.

To see about getting copies for your classroom, start a relationship with your local services provider.

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