Public Works temporarily closes recycling center

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The Kent County Department of Public Works announced the recycling center will temporarily close to all inbound loads of recyclables at 5 p.m. Friday to limit exposure of COVID-19 to county staff and workers. Courtesy Kent County Department of Public Works

The Kent County Recycling Center is shutting down to prevent exposure to COVID-19.

The Kent County Department of Public Works announced the recycling center will temporarily close to all inbound loads of recyclables at 5 p.m. Friday to limit exposure of COVID-19 to county staff and workers.

The Recycling Center employs 40 people who handle the recyclables throughout the sorting process. Due to the proximity of workstations on the processing line, maintaining 6 feet of separation between workers isn’t possible to maintain operations and minimize worker exposure to the COVID-19 virus, the DPW said.

As other manufacturing processors shut down their facilities, Kent County’s ability to transport recyclables to processors and end users has been constricted.

The residential recycling drop-off station at North Kent Recycling & Waste Center also will temporarily close at 5 p.m. Friday. All recyclables normally delivered to these facilities must either be held until the recycling center reopens or placed in a bag for disposal in the trash.

Kent County’s South Kent Landfill, Waste-to-Energy Facility and North Kent Transfer Station remain open to provide critical solid waste disposal services.

Residents are reminded to bag all trash before placing it at the curb for pickup by a waste hauler to reduce the risk of exposure to waste workers from items like used tissues and other personal hygiene products.

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