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Recycling and Waste Tips During COVID-19 from Waste Management

As we all focus on health and safety, we are spending more time at home. This has led to an increased amount of waste and recyclables, including health supplies like facial tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and personal protective equipment (PPE) like face masks and disposable gloves.

One way you can help protect the environment and sanitation workers is by recycling correctly. Make sure that your recyclables are clean, dry, and loose. Disposable face masks and gloves should be thrown into the trash bin. If your soap and hand sanitizer bottles have residue in them, they should also be thrown into the trash. Always place disinfectant wipes, facial tissues, napkins, and paper towels into the trash.

Waste Management (WM) has these helpful tips for what you can recycle and what you should throw away during this time. For more recycling tips visit wm.com/recycleright


· Plastic, latex and cloth disposable gloves, disposable masks

· Liquid soap and hand sanitizer bottles that contain residue

· Disinfectant wipes

· Facial tissues, napkins and paper towels

· Disposable plates, cups and cutlery

· Takeout containers

· Leftover food and liquids

· Plastic bags and plastic film wrap

· Hoses, cords, polystyrene foam and other packaging


· Cardboard (without inside packing materials)

· Paper products including newspapers, junk mail, office/school paper

· Paperboard, such as cereal and cracker boxes

· Plastic bottles and jugs

· Steel, tin and aluminum cans

​Blog Post Written By Greta Calvery, Waste Management. 

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