How local waste and recycling leaders are grappling with coronavirus-driven budget pressures, Waste Dive, Dec 20

Cities with hamstrung budgets still have to provide sanitation services, but doing so within the new financial restrictions can mean that trash, recycling, and other programs don’t look the way they used to. Each program costs money, and if the always unpopular idea of a rate increase is off the table, then the programs themselves have to adapt.

That’s exactly what municipalities are doing, getting creative, and finding new ways to cut expenses, program options, and continue operating the most essential services.

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