The Covid-19 virus pandemic is causing massive unprecedented upheaval around the globe. The cancellation of large gatherings, travel and the directive to stay at home is creating many unknowns in our usual way of doing things.
What does it mean for recycling?
There is definitely a down side. Several of our business customers have cancelled their regular pickups.
On the other hand, the new daily life routines are still creating waste, much of which is recyclable.
The Recycling Centre remains open and all curbside pickup programs will continue until further notice.
The is enough space and time for people to practice social distancing when dropping off recyclables at our dock and the trailer by Canadian Tire.
The virus can live on cardboard for 24 hours and on plastic for 72 hours. However, the number of living viruses drops rapidly over that time with more than half dying in 3.5 hours on cardboard and just under 7 hours on plastic. They continue to die so very few remain at the end.
What does it mean for our staff?
It takes time to fill a bag of recyclables so any viruses on them are probably not infectious when they get to the Centre.
We are still taking precautions. Staff continue to wear gloves and safety glasses to process materials. Thorough handwashing at coffee breaks and lunch hour is more important than ever. Coughs and sneezes are contained and anyone feeling sick stays home.
Recyclers can help us by making sure no paper towels and tissues are included with recyclables. Any recyclables used by a sick person should be thrown out or set aside for at least three days.
Thanks for your help.