Personal protective equipment rally sanitation workers, janitors


Handling trash is risky business. While some municipal collection agencies have enhanced sanitation practices and provided additional protective personal equipment, or PPE, to employees, other workplaces have been slower to adapt to the pandemic.

In early April, workers at a McDonald’s in San Jose went on strike, after demands for PPE went unanswered.

“Health is first,” said Jorge Tellez, one of the striking workers. “The health of my customers and the health of my family.”

Trash left curbside
Despite recommendations by solid waste and recycling facilities that households resist the urge to spring-clean, home furniture and décor are left on the curb in Sunnyvale, Calif. April 30, 2020. (Vanessa Ochavillo/Peninsula Press)
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Correction: The original version used an incorrect pronunciation of David Biderman’s name.