Recycling Tips During COVID-19

Regulations may be shifting in communities due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and CDC guidelines. Many communities have temporarily suspended recycling programs because of worker safety and other limitations. As always — look up what you can recycle locally.

  1. If you or someone in your home has tested positive for the coronavirus, do not recycle your recyclables; place them in a bag that is securely closed and discard them in your trash container. This also applies to any used cleaning supplies, paper towels, tissues, or personal protective equipment (PPE) generated within a home or business with someone who has tested positive.
  2. “Workers and employers should manage municipal (e.g., household, business) solid waste with potential or known COVID-19 contamination like any other non-contaminated municipal waste.” (OHSA guidance)
  3. Most cleaning supplies can be recycled. Generally, it is advised to remove the pumps and spray heads before recycling. For lotion bottles and other toiletry items with pumps, empty the contents, discard the pump, and recycle the bottle. For no-pump containers, simply empty the contents, re-screw the cap to keep it all together, and recycle. Check locally for any specific instructions.
  4. Recyclables need to be dry and free of food. Be sure to reduce waste by using all the product in the container, then lightly rinse and recycle it. For plastic beverage containers — empty them, leave the cap on (in most situations), and recycle them. Empty aerosol cans (deodorant, hairspray, and sunscreen) can be recycled with other aluminum or steel cans.

Learn more tips at Keep America Beautiful.

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