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Waste Management Encourages Continued Recycling
Recyclable Materials Needed for Manufacturing Supply Chain to Produce Packaging for Grocery and Medical Supplies

HOUSTON — March 31, 2020 — Facial tissues, toilet paper, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes have been flying off store shelves, while families are spending more hours at home to stay healthy and safe during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Waste Management (WM) is calling on everyone to Recycle Right during this time when recyclables are needed more than ever. Recycling is vitally important to our environment, and it has come to play a critical role in certain manufacturing supply chains. Without recyclable materials collected from homes and businesses, our customers, who produce products such as tissue, toweling and packaging boxes for grocery and medical supplies, would not have the raw materials that they need to manufacture these important items. Recycling is an essential service for manufacturing companies delivering these key products.

“Most recyclers don’t think about the importance of placing their clean recyclable materials in their bins, but now it is more important than ever, as recyclable products are playing a critical role for key manufacturing businesses,” said Brent Bell, Waste Management vice president of recycling. “Across North America, people are generating more household garbage and recyclable materials than usual, and manufacturers are in need of more clean recyclable materials to meet their demands for making basic goods and emergency supplies. We can all do our part by recycling right during these challenging times.”

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Cardboard (without inside packing materials)
Paper products including newspapers, junk mail, office/school paper
Paperboard, such as cereal and cracker boxes
Plastic bottles and jugs
Steel, tin and aluminum cans


Plastic, latex and cloth disposable gloves, disposable masks
Liquid soap and hand sanitizer bottles that contain residue
Disinfectant wipes
Facial tissues, napkins and paper towels
Disposable plates, cups and cutlery
Takeout containers
Leftover food and liquids
Plastic bags and plastic film wrap
Hoses, cords, polystyrene foam and other packaging

In addition, several leading industry organizations have weighed in calling for increased recycling to meet the needed demand during this time, including: 

The American Forest and Paper Association
The Association of Plastic Recyclers
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries  
The Glass Packaging Institute
The Recycling Partnership

About Waste Management

Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management environmental services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the Company provides collection, transfer, disposal services, and recycling and resource recovery. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The Company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management, visit or



Janette Micelli