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DEC issues new guidelines to protect local waste haulers

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The CDC and Solid Waste Association of North America have issued guidance on putting out your garbage and recycling during the pandemic in order to best protect your local haulers.

Garbage bags should be tied tightly inside a tote and it’s recommended any spring cleaning be postponed to keep all waste materials contained in their collection bins.

Disposable gloves, masks or tissues should never be recycled and any medical sharps or syringes should be put in a rigid plastic container clearly labeled “sharps” and sealed tightly before being thrown away.

Additionally, don’t bag your recycling, but rather keep the materials loose in your curbside recycling tote.

Make sure all bins have a lid and are wiped down especially at the handles and lids. If needed, rinse containers then ensure they’re all are empty and dry before using again.

DEC officials also encourage residents to show appreciation for their local garbage and recycling haulers by leaving a note or drawing on your bins this Earth Day (see example below).

Photos can be emailed in to for the chance to be featured in the Solid Waste & Recycling Newsletter, as well as on DEC social media.

For more information on 50 Earth Day Tips, visit DEC’s website.

(DEC photo)

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