Spring Cleaning During COVID-19
As we join other neighbors in our community to follow the “stay at home order”, many of us are starting our spring cleaning. With this in mind, we’re kicking off a three-part series focused on spring cleaning. Over the next few weeks, blog posts will focus on the typical items you’re finding during spring cleaning and where it can go – recycling or trash collection.
Please note that bulky item collection is currently suspended. Bulky materials are items such as mattresses and old furniture that cannot be containerized. These items will not be collected at this time. This is a precautionary measure aimed at protecting the PDC workforce. Residents will be notified when bulky collection resumes.
Today’s post focuses on some key reminders to keep in mind with the current COVID-19 guidance from health care professionals. Solid waste and recycling collection and removal has been designated as “essential infrastructure” in Illinois. At the present time, your trash and recycling collections are set to continue as normal. We ask that you always keep the following three tips in mind this spring season, but especially during this time of heightened concerns for health and safety.
Bag All Trash
Put all trash in bags before putting it inside your trash cart. This is especially important if someone in your home is sick. Bagging your trash not only reduces the risk of litter which can directly affect the health and safety of your neighbors, but it also helps protect the trash haulers, truckers, and landfill employees.
Place All Recycling in Carts Loosely – No Bags
In the case of recycling, do not bag anything you place inside your recycling cart. As always, place all recycling in carts loosely. Plastic bags we get from stores are not recyclable and should go to a retail drop-off location.
NOTE: Most retail stores have removed the drop-off bins for plastic bags during this time. Please put plastic bags aside so you can take drop them off when the “stay at home” order is lifted and the bins are set back out.
If you’re running out of room in your recycling cart, please:
- Break down or flatten cardboard boxes.
- Remember to not bag recyclables. It takes up more space.
- Still running out of room? Sign up for a second 95-gallon recycling cart at Sign Up for Recycling.
Don’t Throw Away Hazardous Waste
As you’re doing your spring cleaning, many items may be hazardous and can cause harm to people, animals, and our environment. Do not dump any of the following down the drain, or place them in your recycling or trash carts. This includes:
- Paint, stains, thinners and other paint products
- Garden chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, etc.
- Automotive fluids such as oil, coolant, gasoline, etc.
We know many drop-off sites are closed and many spring collection events are postponed because of COVID-19. Please set these materials to the side for now until the drop-off options become available.
And if you think an item might not be recyclable, remember the old saying, “When in doubt, throw it out.” This helps keep recycling clean.
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