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Trash sits out for collection on a Philadelphia street on Thursday. The omicron variant is sickening so many sanitation workers that waste collection in Philadelphia and other cities has been delayed or suspended. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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"The Gravy" raises concern for residents of Chicago's 35th Ward. kozmoat98/Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: The global reason behind Chicago's 'garbage juice'

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A man wearing a protective mask looks at piled-up trash in New York City on April 24. Cities are struggling with collection as the volume of residential garbage surges during the stay-at-home era. Cindy Ord/Getty Images hide caption

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'Hard, Dirty Job': Cities Struggle To Clear Garbage Glut In Stay-At-Home World

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A trash picker carries a sack of recyclable materials she collected at the Ghazipur landfill in the east of New Delhi. Xavier Galiana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Day's Work On Delhi's Mountain Of Trash

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Aegean Rebreath founder George Sarelakos (center) hands a netted bag of marine litter to volunteers on the main pier of the Greek island of Poros. Joanna Kakissis for NPR hide caption

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Meet Greece's Marine Trash Collectors Diving To Keep Their Sea Beautiful

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The world's second-biggest garbage dump is in Brasilia. It has been growing since the 1950s, when city planners failed to factor in proper facilities for trash disposal, and now occupies the equivalent of 250 football fields. Philip Reeves/NPR hide caption

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As A Massive Garbage Dump Closes In Brazil, Trash-Pickers Face An Uncertain Future

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Garbage lies north of Beirut in 2017, after it washed away from a nearby seaside dump. Beirut and its suburbs generate some 3,000 tons of garbage per day. Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Environmentalists Warn Of Mediterranean Pollution From Lebanon Land Reclamation

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