As the COVID wave takes over the country, it’s starting to even be noticeable in the streets. Across the country, so many sanitation workers have gotten ill that some cities have had to delay or suspend garbage or recycling pickup, which has angered residents shocked that governments can’t perform this most basic of functions. According to the cities reportings, the slowdowns of garbage pickups have caused recycling bins full of Christmas gift boxes and wrapping paper to pile up on Nashville curbs, trash bags on Philadelphia streets, and uncollected yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves, branches, to block sidewalks in Atlanta.
Nashville City Council member Freddie O’Connell commented on his city slow down, stating: “I was just stunned there wasn’t an alternative or a back-up plan. No hotline for people who are mobility impaired or don’t have reliable access to a car…It feels like a failure of governance”