Coronavirus pandemic disrupts recycling sector
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.
The coronavirus, which last week was deemed a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO, has grown steadily in scale since the first outbreak in China late last year. It is now in 159 countries, areas and territories. As of Tuesday, March 17, there have been more than 179,000 confirmed novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases globally and more than 7,100 deaths, according to WHO.
The U.S. government last week declared a national emergency, and the impacts are filtering down into daily life across the nation.
Cities and companies react
Even as the vast majority of municipalities have not made changes to recycling service, the coronavirus impact has been felt in programs around the country.