This is not new, of course. I’ve been around the block once or twice and have seen plenty of trash in the city over the years — along the curbs, strewn across vacant lots and dumped in alleys. But lately there seems to be more of it. When you consider all that the pandemic hath wrought, there’s likely some connection. People have been home more, ordering takeout meals more, ordering stuff online more, cleaning out their clutter more and creating more trash. And through the crisis there were lapses in municipal services that created backups of trash and recyclables. Some of that was bound to spill over.