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Coronavirus continues to disrupt waste and recycling service around the US

This rapidly evolving crisis is having new ripple effects every day — service disruptions, facility closures, volume shifts and more. Stay informed with our regular updates.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shocked the global economy and brought sweeping changes to the United States. The waste and recycling industry’s essential public health role means it has been operating throughout, even as many workers have become ill with the virus. Worker safety resources are available from OSHA, SWANA, NWRA and ISRI.

Many companies, including the industry’s largest players, have experienced financial challenges. Some have laid off employees as a result, and public sector service providers could face similar pressures in the future. Smaller service providers that qualify have received funds from the federal Paycheck Protection Program. Staffing limitations, volume shifts and social distancing requirements have caused operational changes across many areas. Numerous curbside recycling programs were suspended, container redemption requirements were waived in most states with bottle bills and other environmental policies have changed.

We’ll be tracking the key developments as this pandemic unfolds for as long as it takes. Click on the dropdown menu below the latest entry to view information from prior weeks. Please send any feedback or tips to [email protected].