BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Curbside recycling is set to resume in Baltimore on Tuesday, four-and-a-half months after it was suspended due to staffing shortages amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program was suspended on August 31 after the city’s public works department began to struggle with staffing for trash pickup. The department had a number of employees out due to COVID-19; at the same time, trash volumes increased by more than 20%.

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“We’ve reached our breaking point,” Acting DPW Director Matthew Garbark said in late August.

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Since then, residents have had to take their recycling to collection centers at various locations across the city.

Those locations will stay open through February 27 with changed hours.

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CBS Baltimore Staff