Read the full commentary at Waste360.
COVID-19 has underscored the importance of timely supply, distribution and collection of recycled materials. Many recycling systems were shut for periods of 2020, resulting in shortages. Several communities across the U.S. declared recycling and waste collection as “essential services.” Protection of the recycling supply chain has proven to be necessary to ensure a continued supply of goods and services to Americans.
Eight months into the pandemic, the situation we’re in continues to expose the weaknesses in our current collection and processing capability at the local level.