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Solid Waste & Recycling Newsletter

Help Protect Your Garbage & Recycling Workers from COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) have both issued guidance associated with the Coronavirus and waste management.

Do your best to help protect your local garbage and recycling workers who continue to serve as an essential function in our communities and collect our waste on a weekly basis.

Best Practices

  • Tightly tie all garbage bags shut and place in your garbage tote.
  • Postpone your spring cleaning to keep all of your garbage and recycling contained in their collection totes.

Recycle Right

  • Do not put disposable gloves, masks or tissues in your recycling bin. Dispose of them properly in the trash.
  • Do not recycle medical sharps or syringes. Medical sharps or syringes should be put in a rigid plastic container, clearly labeled "sharps", sealed tightly and placed in your garbage.
  • Do not bag your recycling. Place your recyclables loose in your curbside recycling tote.

Collection Tote Maintenance

  • Keep lid on your garbage and recycling totes to avoid littering
  • Wipe down your collection totes, especially the handles and lids, once you put them at the curb.
  • If needed, rinse containers. Make sure all containers are empty and dry.

Show your appreciation for your local garbage and recycling workers by leaving a thank you note.

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