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Thanks to city trash collectors for working through pandemic | READER COMMENTARY

Garbage pickup in South Baltimore pre-pandemic. (Jed Kirschbaum/Baltimore Sun).
Garbage pickup in South Baltimore pre-pandemic. (Jed Kirschbaum/Baltimore Sun). (Jed Kirschbaum/Baltimore Sun)

Thank your trash collection team today and often, especially for front line pandemic services. These incredibly dedicated and very hardworking public servants are first responders with or without masks. Imagine if your garbage amassed near your home for even one month. Thank Mayor Brandon Scott, too. His authoritative direction to resume weekly recycling collection as soon as possible helps households and the climate. But also thank your own trash collectors personally and sincerely every chance you get (”Baltimore to spend up to $7 million to restart recycling service,” Jan. 13).

Promote and support the idea of raising pay for trash collectors to $15 an hour. They deserve it. That would be a concrete expression of your gratitude. Just do it!

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Thanks to all who took recycling to collection sites during the worst of the pandemic.

Ken Strong, Baltimore

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The writer served as head of Baltimore’s Bureau of Solid Waste from 1993 to 1995.

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