COVID-19 IMPACTS RECYCLING
We all know that recycling markets have taken a downturn in the last two years. Now, the coronavirus crisis has thrown the industry another curve.
In these days of social distancing and constant disinfecting, we know that some MRF operators are responding to their employees' health concerns by asking that households with exposure to Covid-19 discard their recyclable material in the trash. Further, across the nation, several states are allowing yardwaste to be landfilled during this period of reduced workforces.
Our members have invested millions of dollars in capital improvements to address the demand for recycling and reduce contamination in recycling. Reduction in the stream of recyclables and compost material can pose irreparable harm to those recyclers. The Association is firmly resolved to support the recycling community and is opposed to legislative efforts to reduce recycling mandates during this crisis. Be strong. We will get through this together.