Some recycling centers close because of social distancing issues

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Some recycling centers close because of social distancing issues


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IT TOO IS NAVIGATING COVID-19. TRANSFER STATIONS AND RECYCLING CENTERS ARE MAKING CHANGES TO THE WAY THEY OPERATE THEY REALLY HAVE NO CHOICE. IN MERRIMACK, THE RECYCLING CENTER IS OPEN, BUT DOWN TO JUST ONE LANE, WHILE THE SWAP SHOP IS CLOSED, AND THE TRANSFER STATION HAS EVERY OTHER PARKING SPACE BLOCKED OFF. IN AMHERST, THEY WERE FORCED TO CLOSE THEIR RECYCLING CENTER ALL TOGETHER. >> THE WAY OUR TRANSFER STATION IS SET UP, IT WON’T ACCOMMODATE SOCIAL DISTANCING. WE CAN’T KEEP PEOPLE FAR APART. JASON: AMHERST DPW HAS ALSO MADE OTHER CHANGES, INCLUDING ADDING HOURS OF OPERATION TO ITS TRANSFER STATION TO HELP KEEP STAFF AND RESIDENTS SAFE. IN TERMS OF THE AMOUNT OF TRASH BEING GENERATED, THE OVERALL VOLUME IS ACTUALLY DOWN DUE TO BUSINESSES BEING CLOSED, BUT THE RESIDENTIAL TRASH HAS INCREASED. >> IT’S THOSE VOLUMES THAT WE’VE SEEN AN UPTICK. AND IT MEANS THE ROUTES ARE RUNNING A LITTLE LONGER, THERE’S ANOTHER TRIP OR TWO TO THE TRANSFER STATION. JASON: THE NATIONAL WASTE AND RECYCLING ASSOCIATION ALSO WANTS TO PROTECT ITS WORKERS AND PROVIDES ALL EMPLOYEES IN THE REGION WITH HANDLING GUIDELINES. >> THE WORKERS BEEN DOING A GOOD JOB WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING, WASHING THEIR HANDS, PRACTICING GOOD HABITS DURING THIS PERIOD OF TIME. JASON: ALTHOUGH IT MIGHT BE AN INCONVENIENCE, PEOPLE NEED TO REALIZE THE CHANGES LIKE THE INDUSTRY ITSELF ARE ESSENTIAL. >> IN THE END, I BELIEVE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHAT WE’RE DOING AND WHY WE’RE DOING IT. JASON: OFFICIALS DO SAY RECYCLING IS STILL IMPORTANT IF YOU CAN’T DISPOSE OF THEM RIGHT NOW TRY TO HOLD OFF UNTIL YOUR RECYCLING CENTER REOPE

Some recycling centers close because of social distancing issues

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting just about all aspects of life, including how Granite Staters handle their trash.

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting just about all aspects of life, including how Granite Staters handle their trash.



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