Recyclers Resume Normal Operations

Posted on April 7th, 2020

Excerpted from our media release on the subject April 2, 2020.

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Emmet County Recycling announced three good pieces of news Thursday:

  • They are resuming collection of the Mixed Containers stream, which includes bottles, cans, cartons, cups, tubs and the like. This is effective immediately.
  • Curbside recycling service will resume on Monday, April 6 with routes running on their usual days, and
  • Residents of Resort, Bear Creek and Little Traverse townships may put their rolling Papers, Boxes and Bags cart back to work, effective Monday, April 6.

Collection of Mixed Containers was temporarily suspended due to the layout of the mixed containers sort line at the county’s recycle processing facility. The line design did not allow for the workers to maintain six feet of social distance. However, when asked for suggestions for how mixed containers sortation could be accomplished safely, sort crew members designed and built floor to ceiling barricades from heavy cardboard to separate themselves. “At noon one day last week I asked them to think about it and get me ideas. By 2:00 that afternoon the sorters had not only come up with a solution, they had built the barricades!” said Emmet County Recycling

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