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‘It’s just a nightmare.’ Trash collectors overwhelmed by rising amount of household waste

Matt McFarland, CNN
April 9, 2020

Washington, DC (CNN) Barney Shapiro, owner of Tenleytown Trash, never expected that he would turn to the Washington National Opera’s costume department to design gear for his employees. But when a member of his staff heard the National Opera was sewing masks for workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, he jumped at the chance.

Shapiro’s staffers haul trash in Washington, DC, and Maryland. Like the entire waste management industry, Shapiro is trying to keep his employees healthy and safe so they can handle the massive influx of household trash that is accumulating as more Americans self-quarantine at home.

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