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Omicron COVID-19 takes toll on US sanitation workers, delaying garbage, recycling pickup

Pedestrians pass by trash bags piled on a street in Manhattan following a slow down in garbage collection by workers unhappy with mandatory vaccinations imposed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, in New York on October 28, 2021. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The omicron variant is sickening so many sanitation workers around the U.S.

that some cities have had to delay or suspend garbage or recycling pickup, angering residents shocked that governments can’t perform this most basic of functions.The slowdowns have caused recycling bins full of Christmas gift boxes and wrapping paper to languish on Nashville curbs, trash bags to pile up on Philadelphia streets, and uncollected yard waste — grass clippings, leaves, branches — to block sidewalks in Atlanta."It’s just a shame," said Madelyn Rubin, who lives in Jacksonville, Florida, where officials have halted recycling."You know that they could find the money to do it if they wanted to," she said. "If it was a business that wanted to come in here, they would dump money in to make it happen."Cities including Atlanta, Nashville and Louisville are so shorthanded they have temporarily stopped collecting things like recyclable bottles, cans, paper and plastic, yard waste or oversized junk to focus on the grosser, smellier stuff.

The delays are more than an annoyance to residents, creating problems such as clogged storm drains and blocked sidewalks.Nashville City Council member Freddie O'Connell was just as surprised as his constituents when he received notice before Christmas that the city was halting curbside recycling."I was just stunned there wasn't an alternative or a back-up plan," he said. "No hotline for people who are mobility impaired or don't have reliable access to a car" to carry their

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Pedestrians pass by trash bags piled on a street in Manhattan following a slow down in garbage collection by workers unhappy with mandatory vaccinations imposed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, in New York on October 28, 2021. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The omicron variant is sickening so many sanitation workers around the U.S.
NEW YORK - A COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all private employers is now in effect in New York City. Also, New Yorkers aged 12 and older are now required to show proof of two vaccine doses to enter most indoor venues.From bodegas to multinational corporations, workers everywhere in the city who only have one dose have 45 days to show proof of getting the second. "This is the boldest action in the nation," Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier this month.

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