Hide Alerts
View Alerts

Slow Down to Get Around

Distracted and impatient drivers create dangerous situations on the roadways as they encounter garbage and recycling collection workers leading several states to enact Slow Down to Get Around laws.

Slow Down to Get Around is a national safety campaign to remind motorists to slow down around waste collection vehicles. A leading, and completely preventable, cause of death for waste and recycling collection employees is being struck by a vehicle.

The National Waste & Recycling Association program Slow Down to Get Around is simple and encourages drivers to take these simple steps:

  • Slow down when approaching a collection vehicle;
  • Look for workers before passing a garbage truck;
  • Check for traffic approaching from the opposite direction before passing the truck; and,
  • Avoid distractions – cell phones, adjusting radio stations, eating, etc. - when driving near a garbage truck.

Millennium Waste Inc. reminds motorists that slowing down and cautiously passing a collection worker is not only a good safety practice, it’s been the law in Illinois since 2015.

 Slow Down to Get Around

On January 1, 2015, an addendum to Scott’s law went into effect in Illinois requiring motorists to slow down when they are approaching recycling trucks. This was an addition to an existing law that required vehicles to slow down when approaching garbage trucks. The law requires that a driver change lanes (if possible) or slow down below the posted speed limit, or risk a penalty of up to $10,000.

The Slow Down to Get Around program was developed by the National Waste & Recycling Association with an Association member in the Midwest, and the Mc Neilus Companies, an Association member that manufactures garbage trucks. The program was created following two tragic accidents resulting in the death of one waste collection employee and severe injuries to a second. Both accidents were due to careless driving by motorists.

With this law now in effect, it’s up to all Illinois motorists, public safety agencies and the news media to spread the word to Slow Down to Get Around.  It is literally a matter of life and death.


Last Modified:


Keeping the Community Clean

Millennium Waste Incorporated is committed to the growth and well being of the Quad Cities area. That’s why it’s so important to us to contribute to community events and activities. As proud members of the cities we serve, we are dedicated to youth involvement and keeping Betterndorf, Davenport, East Moline, Moline, Rock Island and all of our communities clean.

Events and Activities:

  • Extreme Cleanup
  • Quad Cities Marathon
  • Bix 7
  • Greek Fest
  • Cinco De Mayo Festival
  • Bettendorf July 4th Festival

Contact us today with questions or suggestions.

Hide Alerts
View Alerts