The Pandemic Has Changed the Way We Look at Waste Recycling

We’re living in tough economic times and many businesses and individuals are interested in recycling – the idea of using old, used materials and converting them into products that can be used again. Using recycled items reduces the need to be constantly tapping into natural resources that are running out. 

Knowing how to work with storage bins

The key to any successful recycling program is your storage bin setup. You will find out from your drop-off center how to set up a proper storage bin system. Check your address in for information on the recycling rules in your area. You can then label your recycling bins to ensure that all materials are separated correctly.

Once such a system is set up, whether for business or for home, recycling becomes easy. However, certain rules apply to how to deposit in the recycling bin, such as knowing how to flatten certain bottles to take up less space.

A different kind of waste

The pandemic has had a huge impact on the waste sector. Because of lockdowns and restrictions, waste operators have had to adapt their waste management systems because of the situation. 

All cities have witnessed new waste generation sources and in fact, they have seen a change in the kind of waste generation in schools and businesses. They’ve seen an increase in certain kinds of waste such as packaging from food deliveries.

Cities have needed to look at the increase in hazardous waste from hospitals. They have separate color-coded bins to ensure the proper separation of waste and that it is done according to strict disposal rules. 

The importance of household recycling

Many businesses that usually generate lots of recyclables have limited operations now. Household recycling has, therefore, become important for the ongoing supply of raw materials for U.S. manufacturing sectors. 

Every household needs to be looking at waste prevention, and when recycling, they need to keep materials clean and dry. 

If your particular community isn’t doing recycling because of certain reasons, you can still think of dropping materials off at a recycling center while following all health guidelines. 

Tips for current pandemic recycling

The idea is to keep masks, gloves and wipes out of the recycling bin. Certainly, if someone is sick at home with the virus, you need to treat your recyclables as trash. 

Put recycling and trash in the correct bins, not next to them. Leaving materials next to the bins will just increase the risks to sanitation workers.

Many cities, because of the virus, are limiting their services, and for instance, they aren’t picking up any garden waste. You can also research what to do with garden waste and how to recycle it and prepare it to be put back into your garden. 

Preparing- and storing your own food

The food supply chain too has experienced major changes and instead of eating in restaurants and buying foods, people are buying food in the grocery stores and preparing it themselves.

It is essential for households to prevent food from being wasted. Instead of throwing food out, learn how to properly store it. Separate all your food waste and decide what items can be recycled. 

Food-wise, if you can’t donate your leftover food to a charity, composting food is a great way to reduce the amount of food you throw away. The compost will help fertilize your gardens. There’s a lot of information on the Internet for great ideas on how you can be part of recycling organic waste.

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