Solid Waste Authority Implements Extra Precautions to Protect Collectors

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There are some changes to garbage and recycling amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority (EWSWA) is taking extra precautions to protect its staff, and especially garbage and recycling collectors who are deemed an essential service.

The authority is asking people that if someone is sick in their home, to place items in plastic bags and then in the garbage pail. That includes items that are normally recyclable such as plastic bottles, pop cans, and paper towels.

"If you have a runny nose, a cough or a fever, if you put a tissue up to your nose, or a water bottle up to your mouth, please don't recycle anything like that if you are sick," says Authority Communications Specialist Cat Griffin.

Griffin says this measure is vital at this point in time.

"Please put them in a plastic bag and put them in the garbage because our collectors are there on the frontline and people are putting tissue in the garbage pail loose and any kind of virus could be spread to our workers and we are trying to keep our workers safe."

Griffin says the goal is to keep all of its staff and contractors healthy and this would go a long way to ensuring that happens.

She says if people are healthy, it's ok to recycle the items.