Coronavirus have you cleaning? Those paper towels (and tissues) are too thin to recycle. Plus, they are dirty. Put them in the trash.

Masks aren’t recyclable.They also don’t belong in the parking lot or on the side of the road. Put them in the trash.

Gloves don’t belong in the parking lot or on the side of the road. They aren’t recyclable either.Put them in the trash.

Score a bunch of toilet paper? Recycle the plastic wrapper at the grocery store with your plastic bags — not with your curbside recycling!

Ordering a lot online?The plastic packaging can be recycled at your grocery store with your plastic bags — not with your curbside recycling!

Cleaning is important to prevent the spread of # COVID 19, but those disinfectant wipes aren’t made of paper, so put them in the trash.

Remember: most single use to-go containers are trash. If it isn’t a plastic bottle, tub, jug or jar, DO NOT recycle it.

Tips and Reminders During and After COVID-19

  • Keep plastic bags, masks, wipes, and latex gloves out of the recycling bin.
  • If someone in your home has COVID-19, treat your recyclables as trash. 
  • Don’t put your recyclables in plastic bags.
  • Clean and shake dry recyclables to ensure products get recycled.
  • Break down cardboard boxes and put them in the recycling bin whenever possible.
  • Put recycling and trash in the appropriate bins, not next to them. Leaving materials next to bins increases risks to sanitation workers and can attract pests.
  • Do not put lithium, lithium-ion or spent lead-acid batteries (e.g., car batteries) in your trash or recycling bins. These batteries can contain hazardous materials and can contaminate groundwater or cause fires at recycling facilities. Batteries from electronics and cars can be recycled at specified retail and other locations. You can also check with your city or county to see if they have a household hazardous waste collection program.
  • If you are spring cleaning, consider setting aside things (batteries, paints, weed killer, plastic bags, clothing, other donations, etc.) to donate, recycle, or dispose of later when it’s safe to bring them to a drop off location or collection event. Follow local guidelines. Many localities are limiting service (e.g., not picking up yard waste or bulk items at this time).
  • Return grass clippings back onto your lawn instead of bagging them.
  • https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/recycling-and-sustainable-management-food-during-coronavirus-covid-19-public-health#01
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