Philadelphia trash collection delayed during COVID-19 surge
New year, more trash collection delays in Philly.
What's happening: A rise in COVID-19 infections among the city's workforce is expected to cause collection slowdowns for weeks, according to the Streets Department.
- Trash and recycling collections are at least a day behind in some neighborhoods, but those delays may increase.
What they're saying: "We are challenged with providing the specific number of days we will be behind as the number of employees available to work fluctuates," the department said in a statement on its website.
- The city also noted an increase in collection tonnage following the holidays.
Flashback: Trash collection rates have plummeted during the pandemic as garbage tonnage spiked.
- The on-time trash collection rate tanked to 53% during the first year of the pandemic through June 30, 2021, from 82% in the three previous years.
What to do: Residents should continue to set out their trash and recycling on their regular days, the agency said.
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