Sanitation Workers "Haul On" Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Afraid for their own health and safety, solid waste workers in New Jersey are working to ensure their communities remain healthy.

Waste360 Staff, Staff

March 18, 2020

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Sanitation Workers "Haul On" Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Solid waste workers who are afraid of becoming infected with COVID-19 are still working to ensure the communities they serve remain healthy and that their waste is collected amid this pandemic.

As with first responders, there’s no choice for sanitation and recycling workers but to carry on and hope that their gloves and common sense will safeguard them against COVID-19 transmission. has interviewed several sanitation workers who are “hauling on” amid this pandemic. has more:

Tuesday was a garbage day on Ridgewood Avenue in Glen Ridge, and with the rain falling and the light still dim at 7 a.m., “Big Rob” Wilchard was making the rounds for Suburban Disposal, the town’s solid waste contractor, tossing bags of household trash into the back of his truck.

Wilchard and his partner wore heavy gloves, but not masks. And while they feared the coronavirus, telecommuting was not an option in their business.

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