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How COVID showed up in our garbage

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How COVID showed up in our garbage
Tons more residential trash after people stayed home

SHOWING OFFICIALS HOW COVID-19HAS AFFECTED DAILY LIFE.

HOWTHEY'RE USING TRASH TO TRACKTRENDS.THANKS FOR JOINING US.

I'MVALERIE CAVAZOS.

PAT PARRIS ISWORKING REMOTELY.RESIDENTIAL TRASH IS UP -- ANDBUSINESS TRASH IS DOWN.

ANDTUCSON'S ENVIRONMENTALSERVICES SAYS -- THAT TRENDFALLS PERFECTLY IN LINE --WITH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.NINE ON YOUR SIDE'S CRAIGSMITH SPOKE -- REPORTS -- HOWTHEY CAN TRACK SOCIAL ANDECONOMIC TRENDS -- USINGTRASH.IN TUCSON, HOUSEHOLD GARBAGEPICK UPS WENT UP BY ABOUTFIFTY TONS A DAY WHEN COVIDTURNED HOMES INTO 24 HOUR ADAY SHELTERS, WORKPLACES ANDSCHOOLROOMS FILLED WITH PEOPLEWHO MIGHT USUALLY THROW OUTMUCH OF THEIR TRASH SOMEWHEREELSE.

:28 "AND WE INCREASEDOUR TONNAGES BY ABOUT 13% ATTHE CURBSIDE PROGRAM THAT WASAT THE RESIDENTIAL RESIDENTIALWE SAW AN INCREASE COMMERCIALWE SAW ACTUALLY DECLINED.

ALOT OF THAT WAS BECAUSE THEBUSINESSES WERE CLOSED." :43PAT TAPIA SAYS IT'S HARD TOTELL EXACTLY HOW MUCHCOMMERCIAL TRASH DECLINEDBECAUSE PRIVATE CONTRACTORS DOA LOT OF THE BUSINESS PICKUPS.COVID PRECAUTIONS MAY HAVEMORE PEOPLE USING THROWAWAYITEMS BUT MOST RESIDENTIALCUSTOMERS USE BAGS THAT MAKEIT TOUGH TO TELL EXACTLY WHATTHEY THROW OUT.

NOW THATRESTRICTIONS ARE EASING ALITTLE, THE RESIDENTIAL LOADHAS EASED UP A BIT TOO.

3:22WE'VE SEEN A GRADUAL DROP SOWE'RE CLOSER TO ABOUT 11% NOWJUST BECAUSE WE'RE STARTING TOGET BACK TO WORK BUT WE'REALSO THERE'S THE SIGNBUSINESSES ARE STARTING TOOPEN UP.

SO YOU SEE THECOMMERCIAL STARTING TO PICK UPA LITTLE BIT OF TONNAGES."3:35 PEOPLE WHO WORK WITHSOLID WASTE KNOW, THEY MIGHTSEE THE UPS AND DOWNS OF THEECONOMY BEFORE THE ECONOMISTSDO.

5:05 YOU CAN TELL WHENECONOMY IS DOING WELL, YOU SEEPEOPLE, YOU KNOW, BUYING MORE,AND WHAT WE'VE SEEN THISCHANGE IS STAYING AT HOME,EATING AT HOME MORE SO YEAHACTUALLY THE SOLID WASTEREGISTERS ACTUALLY REFLECT HOWPEOPLE BEHAVIOR OR HOW THEECONOMY IS ACTUALLY DOING.5:21 CRAIG SMITH, KGUN9 ONYOUR SIDETUCSON ELECTRIC POWER WILL




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