The RCA Provides Updates on Recycling Amidst Covid-19

Connector March 2020

The RCA continues to share information on how our members and others in the recycling industry are responding and serving their customers during Covid-19. See the latest updates on the RCA’s news page: https://recycle.ab.ca/resources/covid19updates/

In an announcement on Friday, March 27, in response to the COVID-19 situation, Alberta announced the closure of some non-essential businesses. The associated list of essential services that are not subject to these restrictions include waste management and recycling.

The services directly applicable to RCA members include:

  • Waste management and recycling, including landfills and hazardous waste treatment
  • Sanitation services including but not limited to deadstock, rendering, nutrient management, bio hazardous materials, green waste, packaging recycling

The full list is available here: https://www.alberta.ca/essential-services.aspx

For municipalities that have temporarily closed their depots, the RCA encourages residents to prepare materials as instructed and store their recyclables in a dry place until sites open again. The City of Leduc has shared instructions for storing materials: https://www.leduc.ca/ecostation. Residents wanting more information should check their community websites for service updates in their region (including bottle depots).

Organizations that accept donations, such as Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Diabetes Canada, have asked that donations be held at home until the stores or collection locations reopen. Material left on the street or outside donation centres creates challenges for organizations and may not be recovered.

The Canadian Association of Recycling Industries has shared a safety checklist for recycling operations. It is available on their website: https://www.cari-acir.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19-Safety-Guidelines.pdf