Recycling, Waste and COVID-19
Here’s what you need to know about our services and disposing of waste from household and workplace cleaning related to COVID-19. Since the amount of waste has increased during the Shelter In Place due to Covid-19. Please be sure to see the FAQ’s below to help navigate how items are disposed of properly. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office
What should we do with cleaning wipes?
Are wipes and hand sanitizer containers recyclable?
Yes, the cylindrical plastic cleaning wipes containers can go in the recycling when empty, along with empty soap or hand sanitizer plastic bottles
Should we wash used food containers more than usual before placing them in recycling?
Not more than normal – please make sure they are empty and rinsed out as usual.
Where do we toss used plastic gloves and disposable masks?
Disposable gloves and face masks need to go in the trash/landfill bin– they are not recyclable or compostable.
Should we still place cans, bottles, cardboard and clean paper in recycling?
Yes, keep recycling!
I’m cooking more at home since I’m sheltered-in-place – should I keep putting food scraps in the brown compost cart?
Yes, please compost all food scraps and food-soiled paper with your yard trimmings!
I have a lot more plastic bags and plastic film packaging from online shipments – can I recycle it?
No, please place plastic bags and plastic film packaging in the trash/landfill bin – it’s not recyclable and tangles in our equipment.
COVID-19 General Waste Handling Info
The CDC determined the COVID-19 virus is not a Category A infectious substance, therefore solid waste from households that is or is suspected to be contaminated with the virus can be managed as it would be for the flu. In an abundance of caution, generators should ensure waste bags are tightly closed and curbside containers are not overfilled so the lids close completely. Please notify us (or your local hauler) if you know or suspect your waste is contaminated with the COVID-19 virus. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly after dealing with any objects you suspect could be contaminated.
Solid waste from commercial generators may also be managed as normal unless directed otherwise by the local health department. Again, to the extent possible, generators should ensure waste bags are tightly closed and containers are not overfilled so the lids close completely. Please notify us (or your local hauler) if you know or suspect your waste is contaminated with the COVID-19 virus. Remember to wash your hands after dealing with objects you suspect could be contaminated.
If you need to modify service levels during this emergency, contact us to help.