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Indiana Governor Proclaims October 20, 2018 as Slow Down to Get Around Day

Tuesday, September 25, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brandon Wright
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September 26, 2018



Indiana Chapter and Coalition Partners Will Join Governor Eric Holcomb at Fairgrounds for Signing

Indianapolis, IN – In July 2015, then-governor Mike Pence signed House Bill 1305 into law to protect waste and recycling collection workers on the state’s roadways, joining eight other states at the time with similar laws. Currently 21 states have enacted Slow Down To Get Around Legislation.

On Saturday October 20, 2018 at 9:00 am, the public is welcome to  come out and “touch a truck” at the Indiana State Fairgrounds (38th Street South of Main Entrance)   NWRA members will have trucks on display and be joined by Indiana Towing and Wrecker Association, INDOT, Indiana State Police, Indiana Energy Association, Indiana Constructors Inc., Indiana Broadband and Technology Association, Indiana Sheriffs’ Association, Indiana Firefighters’ Association, Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police, Road Construction Awareness Corporation and the Indiana Motor Truck Association

 At 11:00 a.m., Governor Eric J. Holcomb will sign a proclamation highlighting the law that requires motorists to slow down and safely move over when approaching certain vehicles on the roadway.

“Driving safely should be a top priority for anyone getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.  We all want to safely get home to our families. Slow Down to Get Around laws carries an important message - take your time and slow down around garbage trucks. We thank Governor Holcomb for issuing the proclamation and reminding motorists to slow down when approaching waste collection workers,” said Darrell Smith, President and CEO of NWRA.   

NWRA member companies have been diligent in providing advanced safety training for drivers and those who hop-off the trucks to make collections. But, drivers who are distracted – or just going too fast – are a major hazard for waste collection workers.



The Indiana Chapter of NWRA represents the private sector waste and recycling industry statewide.  According to data compiled by NWRA, in Indiana, the private waste and recycling industry employees nearly 8484 people, has a total annual payroll of nearly $438 million, generates annual revenue of $2 billion, and the average annual compensation for industry employees is $51,649. The annual economic impact to Indiana’s economy, generated by the waste and recycling industry is $1,097,442,792. When the activity of the waste and recycling industry with other industries is calculated, overall impact to the state economy of the waste and recycling industry in Indiana is over $4.2 billion annually.


The National Waste and Recycling Association represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states, and include companies that manage garbage, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit


Brandon Wright

National Waste and Recycling Association