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Household Waste is Overflowing Amid COVID-19 Pandemic


As more people are spending time at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, municipalities are struggling with extra household waste. Residential trash volume spiked as much as 25 percent this spring. (Solid Waste Association of North America).

In Alpharetta, GA, sanitation workers used to collect between 17 and 18 tons of trash each day – today the amount of trash has risen to 22 tons a day.

In addition, many sanitation workers have become sick with COVID-19 and cities such as Baltimore have faced a severe shortage of trash collectors. To manage the shortage, the city temporarily halted curbside recycling this to allow crews to concentrate on trash pickup.

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