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Not only are people stuck at home, instead of making a mess at the workplace or school, but people are using the time to clean out the basement.

In Philadelphia, as in most other major American cities right now, trash collection has become a problem during the coronavirus pandemic. Not only are people stuck at home, instead of making a mess at the workplace or school, but people are using the time to clean out the basement or do yardwork, or both. In addition, there are delivery boxes and even cities that have banned plastic bags have allowed them for public health reasons. Then there's the problem of the safety of the trash collectors. Not all heroes wear capes. Or a pretend cape made from a Hefty bag.

Why are Philly’s streets full of trash during Covid-19? City’s former Zero Waste and Litter Director weighs in. [Grid Philly, July 21, 2020]

Philly asks residents to put trash out a day later as it catches up on garbage pickup [Philadelphia Inquirer, July 19, 2020]