Waste Management encourages continued recycling

Facial tissues, toilet paper, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes have been flying off store shelves, while families are spending more hours at home to stay healthy and safe during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Waste Management (WM) is calling on everyone to Recycle Right during this time when recyclables are needed more than ever. Recycling is vitally important to our environment, and it has come to play a critical role in certain manufacturing supply chains. Without recyclable materials collected from homes and businesses, our customers, who produce products such as tissue, toweling and packaging boxes for grocery and medical supplies, would not have the raw materials that they need to manufacture these important items. Recycling is an essential service for manufacturing companies delivering these key products.

“Most recyclers don’t think about the importance of placing their clean recyclable materials in their bins, but now it is more important than ever, as recyclable products are playing a critical role for key manufacturing businesses,” said Brent Bell, Waste Management vice president of recycling. “Across North America, people are generating more household garbage and recyclable materials than usual, and manufacturers are in need of more clean recyclable materials to meet their demands for making basic goods and emergency supplies. We can all do our part by recycling right during these challenging times.”

The following tips are essential in the proper selection and condition of recyclables:

First, RECYCLE the following items ONLY if they are CLEAN, DRY AND LOOSE: 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 abd steel, tin and aluminum cans.

Secondly throw away the following items which are not suitable for recycling: 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 and Hoses, cords, polystyrene foam and other packaging.

In addition, several leading industry organizations have weighed in calling for increased recycling to meet the needed demand during this time, including: The American Forest and Paper Association, The Association of Plastic Recyclers, The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, The Glass Packaging Institute and The Recycling Partnership.

Waste Management is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management environmental services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the Company provides collection, transfer, disposal services, and recycling and resource recovery. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The Company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America.

To learn more information about Waste Management as welll as about Waste Management Recycle Right tips, please visit wm.com/recycleright.visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.

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