Trash collection all over the country is another industry facing supply and demand fluctuations in the coronavirus pandemic.  As people shelter in place at home, residential trash is piling up. Sanitation workers are deemed essential and companies are working on ways to deal with increased demand while keeping their employees healthy.

Barney Shapiro, owner of Tenleytown Trash, a trash service that serves Maryland and Washington, DC told CNN, of the change, ” Our residential volumes are drastically increased. People are calling in and asking for increased services. We can’t do that on a short-term basis. It’s just a nightmare.”

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Other companies have hired extra drivers or put other projects on hold to deal with the extra trash collection. Many drivers and sanitation workers are either staying home after being exposed to the coronavirus or are afraid to come to work for fear of catching it. Shapiro said that he has had three employees test positive for coronavirus.

Republic Services, one of the largest waste management services in the United States, predicts that residential garbage volume will increase by 30%. To help offset the increased waste, waste companies are asking Americans to hold off on spring cleaning or dumping large items for waste management to pick up.

You can also help ease the burden of waste management by separating food waste from regular trash and composting it. Learn about compost in One Green Planet, including getting started with composting, 7 things you can do with compost if you don’t garden, how to compost without a compost bin, and home composting 101.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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