Housebound people generate more garbage

So many people are home from work, getting to grips with their domestic situation, that they’ve been generating much more garbage than usual for the city to grapple with.

The map in this piece shows the tendency isn’t evenly distributed around town. This time of year we’d likely see more trash coming from boroughs with a lot of rental properties as people prepare for moving day, but this year it seems like it’s wealthier areas that are doing the sorting.

Also, on thinking about it: won’t some of this garbage be displaced from downtown onto more residential areas? People who can work from home are largely white collar workers, hence the displacement of daytime garbage from office-dense areas to more affluent neighbourhoods.

In any case, the city seems to have resolved its recycling problems with a new contract.