COVID-19 Surge May Be Behind San Juan Capistrano Trash Pileup

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA — The latest surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the omicron variant has led to an unexpected issue in San Juan Capistrano: growing piles of trash around town.

CR&R Environmental Services, which provides trash and recycling collection for San Juan Capistrano and several other Orange County cities, announced this month that it's experiencing staffing shortages brought on by the rise in COVID-19 cases.

"Many of our employees, across all disciplines, are unable to carry out their regular duties as a result of their infections," the company said in a statement. "This has resulted in long wait times on the telephone and delayed trash and recycling collection."

The company will attempt to return the next day to a neighborhood if it misses a collection day.

Residents should not call CR&R unless it has been more than 24 hours since their trash and recycling were supposed to be collected, the company said.

This article originally appeared on the San Juan Capistrano Patch

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