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Coronavirus Impacts on the Recycling Industry

Resource Recycling is keeping track of how the novel coronavirus is affecting the business of materials recovery and processing.

Below you’ll find all of our in-depth reporting and analysis on the topic, plus a growing list of resources for programs and businesses impacted by the pandemic. Be sure to subscribe to our free weekly e-newsletters or bookmark this page to see the latest updates. If you have news to share about how your program or business has been hit, contact our editorial staff at [email protected]

Republic: COVID-19 brings ‘uncontrollable challenges’

March 31, 2020

By Colin Staub

Republic Services foresees major changes in the residential and commercial recycling landscape due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A Republic Services recycling container.

How small businesses can access federal relief dollars

March 31, 2020

By Jared Paben

The bipartisan stimulus bill signed into law by President Trump last week includes hundreds of billions of dollars in assistance to small businesses.

The U.S. capitol building.

Recycling processors offer masks for virus effort

March 31, 2020

By Jared Paben

Even as recycling companies adapt to keep their employees and businesses healthy, some are donating supplies to ensure healthcare workers are protected, as well.

Several N95 masks for pandemic safety.

Device resellers see ‘unprecedented demand’

March 26, 2020

By Jared Paben

E-scrap processors across the U.S. say the coronavirus and resulting work-from-home orders have energized the market for refurbished electronics. In some cases, they can’t keep up with the needs of customers.

Recycling largely steers clear of mandates shuttering businesses

March 24, 2020

By Colin Staub

Recycling collection and processing has been deemed essential by states that have issued stay-at-home orders, meaning industry entities are not subject to forced shutdowns.

Virus leads to program changes across North America

March 24, 2020

By Colin Staub

Recycling programs nationwide have curtailed service due to the coronavirus pandemic, potentially hampering the supply of recyclables moving to market in the weeks to come.

DSNY says 32 workers have tested positive for COVID-19

March 24, 2020

By Colin Staub

New York City, which has the largest concentration of coronavirus cases in the U.S., is continuing curbside service even as the city’s collection department battles infections among employees.

Pandemic causes host of complications for industry

March 24, 2020

By Jared Paben and Colin Staub

The coronavirus has prompted the closure of a state recycling association, and it spurred the Federal Reserve to encourage investors to continue lending to local governments.

E-scrap sector reacts to coronavirus pandemic

March 19, 2020

By Colin Staub

The global escalation of COVID-19 is causing supplier and customer disruption for e-scrap processors, while on a wider scale it constrains global shipping, dents stock prices and threatens an economic recession.

Editor’s Analysis: Suddenly, uncertainty is everywhere

March 17, 2020

By Dan Leif

The rapid spread of COVID-19 and Saudi Arabia’s decision to flood global oil markets underscore how economic uncertainty can challenge even well-prepared business leaders.

Graph depicting down market trends.

Coronavirus pandemic disrupts recycling sector

March 17, 2020

By Colin Staub

The global escalation of COVID-19 is hampering some North American recycling programs, impacting Chinese users of U.S. recovered fiber, constraining global shipping, denting stock prices and threatening an economic recession.

Recycling industry coronavirus resources

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, numerous industry organizations have published resources about responding to the disruption. Our list will be updated as more guidance is made available.

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