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Trash Companies Say: Think About Our Workers, Too

Waste management companies are asking residents to protect their workers, who are still on the job during the coronavirus emergency.

The trash companies are asking residents to wipe down trash and recycling cans, and to hose them out on a regular basis.

The companies are also reminding customers that trash should be put inside sealed and sturdy bags to reduce employees' exposure to things like used tissues and personal hygiene products.

Rumpke Waste and Recycling says in the last two weeks, they have noticed what they’re calling “a significant increase in material placed at the curb,” due to more people working from home, or being out of work altogether. They’re asking residents to continue scheduling bulk items for pick up rather than just leaving them curbside.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.