Possible delays in recycling collection due to lack of staff

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Windsor waste collectors are advising residents to expect possible delays in recycling collection with staff shortages caused by COVID-related absenteeism.

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The Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority said ‘due to the highly transmissible nature of the Omicron variant’ there could be delays in recycling collection, citing lack of staff as the reason for the delays .

The waste authority warned residents of Kingsville, Tecumseh and Lakeshore of delays in recycling collection last month, and said residents of Amherstburg can expect delays on Friday.

Residents are asked to leave recycling outside overnight if it is not collected on the originally scheduled day, noting that trucks will be there to complete collection the following morning.

For updates on recycling collection, residents should download the Recycle Coach app, follow the Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority on Facebook or visit their website.

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Recycling boxes are on display in East Windsor on Friday January 14, 2022. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

The Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority manages waste from the City of Windsor and Essex County. It is just one of the local agencies whose operations have been hampered by the pandemic.

Union officials representing Windsor-area teachers have warned of potential staffing shortages when children return to class on Monday, noting that teachers self-isolating due to COVID-19 can teach classes online , but cannot go to school.

Windsor long-term care homes also said they had started mobilizing resources in hopes of averting a crisis staffing shortage, preparing for the impact of the Omicron variant on care homes. local.

Transit Windsor is operating on a reduced schedule after some staff were placed on unpaid leave for failing to comply with city vaccination requirements. City of Windsor officials recently said they are currently in the process of replacing staff who were laid off after being placed on unpaid leave for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine.