As the COVID-19 situation unfolds around us, use RAM as a resource to ask questions and alert the recycling community about issues you encounter.
If there are particular challenges or successes you’ve experienced in the past several weeks and are willing to share with RAM Members, please let us know! Have you been philosophizing about the future of recycling post-COVID? We want to hear that too.
Send your thoughts, questions, photos or experiences to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharing these stories and ideas helps to reinforce best practices and general morale in the industry.
COVID-19 Links and Resources
From the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency:
COVID-19 Information for Recycling and Composting Facilities
This fact sheet outlines current information about COVID-19 and best practices for continuing operation of a solid waste facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.
COVID-19 and regulatory flexibility
With the Governor’s declaration of a state of peacetime emergency in Minnesota, the MPCA is aware that regulated entities may be impacted from a reduced workforce necessary to maintain normal operations at some facilities.
Continue to recycle organics!
Like many industries, recyclers and composters are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and aiming for little, if any, disruption to service.
Webinar recording: Solid waste industry best practices for safety during the COVID-19 outbreak
Recorded session worker health and safety
From the Minnesota Department of Health:
Situation Update for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Minnesota data on testing, Minnesota case overview, hospitalizations, case demographics and care facilities
From the Environmental Protection Agency:
EPA enforcement discretion policy for COVID-19 pandemic
EPA’s temporary enforcement discretion policy applies to civil violations during the COVID-19 outbreak.
EPA Coronavirus resources for state, local and tribal agencies and associations
This website provides key EPA resources, FAQs, and communications on the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response for EPA’s government partners
From the National Waste & Recycling Association – Healthcare Waste Institute:
The Healthcare Waste Institute (HWI) developed this FAQ to provide information about the evolving Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak
From Waste Dive:
How coronavirus us disrupting US waste and recycling
This rapidly evolving crisis is having new ripple effects every day — service disruptions, facility closures, volume shifts and more. Stay informed with our regular updates.