NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Omicron diversity is plaguing many health workers around the US so much so that some cities have delayed or stopped littering or transporting, irritating people wondering why governments will not be able to perform these important tasks.
The gradual depletion has resulted in the stockpiles of Christmas gift boxes and wrapped paper weakened along the Nashville coast, garbage bags piled up on Philadelphia streets, and uncollected garbage – cut grass, leaves, twigs – blocking roads in Atlanta.
“It’s a disgrace,” said Madelyn Rubin, who lives in Jacksonville, Florida, where government officials have stopped renovating work.
He said: “You know that if he had the means to do so, he would have lost his livelihood if he had wanted to come here.
Cities including Atlanta, Nashville and Louisville are so short that they temporarily stop collecting items such as recycled bottles, cans, paper and plastic, yard waste or large debris to look for grosser, fragrant items. The delay does not irritate the residents, causing problems such as the closure of storm ducts and the closure of roads.
Nashville City Council member Freddie O’Connell was shocked to learn that people in his area had received notice before Christmas that the city was halting renovations on the sidewalk.
“I was just surprised that there was no other way or plan to pay back,” he said. “There is no hot cord for people who have difficulty walking or who do not have reliable access to the car” to carry their recyclables to the central location. discount place.
“It sounds like a failure of governance,” he said.
Waste problem is the third major cause of the epidemic. The first one happened in 2020, when COVID-19 hit the US The crisis resurfaced when delta diversity began in the summer.
The Solid Waste Association of North America warned government officials and garbage collectors in December to “redress the workforce.”
The most contagious differences occurred when Americans were making a lot of garbage – on the Christmas holidays. Combine that with a low-dose vaccine among sanitation workers and you have a “very good storm to collect,” the agency’s chief executive, David Biderman, said this week.
In some areas, up to a quarter of garbage workers are calling for patients, Biderman said.
Garbage collection is just one of many omissions that have been disrupted by omicron. Across the US, teachers, firefighters, police and travel personnel have been seriously ill.
“We are receiving calls, emails, everything. People are upset,” said Atlanta City Council member Liliana Bakhtiari.
Atlanta officials said Monday that due to a shortage of workers, recycling and yard waste will be taken “as workers allow.”
Los Angeles says delays in collecting recyclable materials could last up to a month.
In Louisville, Kentucky, sanitation workers stopped collecting garbage in early January until further notice. Residents can leave branches and expensive items at the Christmas tree collection.
New York City, the world’s largest sanitation organization, has had about 2,000 workers out of 7,000 as a result of the recent coronavirus epidemic, but the rest are working long hours to clean up the trash. Their city did not suspend any activities.
Harry Nespoli, president of the city’s sanitation organization, said some had returned to isolation, while others tested positive for the virus: “There is still a door to open.”
In Philadelphia, he is sometimes called Filthadelphia due to the condition of its roads, about 10% to 15% of the 900 sanitation workers are removed daily, resulting in delays in garbage collection, according to Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams.
“Once people leave, we can’t just hire them to replace them,” he said. “We need to give them time to recover.”
To reduce littering, some municipalities have hired temporary staff or contracted by private carriers. Some offer sign-up bonuses or deposit or raise fees.
Chattanooga, Tennessee, increased the starting fee by 40%, from $ 31,500 to $ 45,000.
This allowed the city to reintroduce the collection in November after a stop in July and to continue filming despite the omicron operation, said spokeswoman Mary Beth Ikard.