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As Federal Vaccine Mandate Stalls, Challenging January Continues for Waste Services
Updated On: Jan 27, 2022
Jan. 27, 2022 | COVID-19 | The surge in COVID-19 cases across the U.S. this January once again put waste collection workers — and what streets, neighborhoods and cities look like when they can't provide their service on time — in the national spotlight. Solid Waste Association of North America CEO David Biderman explained in a widely circulated Associated Press report how the uptick in trash following December holidays coinciding with the spread of the omicron variant created a “perfect storm for delayed collection.” Chuck Stiles, head of the Solid Waste and Recycling Division of the Teamsters union, said that the transmission problem this past month in part stems from employees running out of paid sick days — including for those who may be contracting the virus for a second time — which can result in employees who are knowingly sick showing up to work and exposing others. "These guys were the heroes a year and a half ago," but employers aren't treating them that way now, according to Stiles… Waste Dive
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