Secretaries, presidents, bosses and others all receive special attention during the year with a specific day set aside in their honor. So, how about solid waste haulers?

To honor this profession, Wasatch Energy Systems - the operator of the Davis and Morgan county landfill and burn plant - is setting aside Wednesday, July 29, as waste hauler appreciation day.Though they rarely receive recognition for their work, waste haulers in the Wasatch district safely manage more than 460 million pounds of garbage each year.

To honor district haulers, Wasatch will sponsor a continental breakfast on July 29, from 7-10 a.m. and also a lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the landfill and burn plant.

The special hauler appreciation day also coincides with Wasatch's grand opening of its new 18.9 acre landfill.

A parade of garbage trucks, speeches, ribbon cutting and lunch are planned to open the new landfill from noon-1 p.m.

The new landfill took four years to prepare and is the first of three phases of expansion to replace the district's 40-year-old landfill that is nearing capacity.

"Our landfill is very different," landfill supervisor Joel Armer said. "Our employees really care about protecting the environment, preserving the public health and ensuring public and employee safety. That is what makes us different."

The new landfill is the most modern in Utah, exceeding the latest federal requirements for liners and drainage.

A second phase of 23.6 acres will be complete by 2003. The third phase of 4.3 acres will be finished by 2008.

Wasatch Energy serves some 200,000 residents in 15 cities.