COVID-19 Recycling Resources

Resources to help navigate recycling and waste management during COVID-19

The Safety of Reuse During the COVID-19 Pandemic: From UPSTREAM

Alberta Environment and Parks: COVID-19 Waste Management info sheet: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/aep-covid-19-waste-fact-sheet.pdf

FAQ on Alberta’s Bottle Depots during COVID-19: https://albertadepot.ca/covid19 

Alberta’s zero waste champions challenge citizens to reduce, reuse and recycle during COVID-19. A list of environmental action to take during the pandemic: https://recycle.ab.ca/news/albertas-zero-waste-champions-challenge-citizens-to-reduce-reuse-and-recycle-during-covid-19/ 

The Federal Government has released Guidance on Essential Services and Functions during the Pandemic:  This includes Waste and Garbage collectors and processors (compost, garbage and recycling). Website: https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/ntnl-scrt/crtcl-nfrstrctr/esf-sfe-en.aspx

Continuous Improvement Fund: Outlines what precautions are being taken with curbside, depot and MRF operations. Website: https://thecif.ca/providing-waste-services-during-a-pandemic/ 

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

Alberta.ca: the latest updates on the virus. Website: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx.

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA): has issued a “Guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19)” document for solid waste management workers and employers. Download it at:
https://swana.org/initiatives/guidance-on-coronavirus-(covid-19)

The US Composting Council has provided Covid-19 Resources. Website: https://www.compostingcouncil.org/page/COVID-19-RESOURCES 

E-Scrap News: Health officials say PPE and proper cleaning are critical. Website: https://resource-recycling.com/e-scrap/2020/04/09/health-officials-say-ppe-and-proper-cleaning-are-critical/

For other updates, see our list of latest newsflashes: https://recycle.ab.ca/news/