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Municipalities suspend recycling due to coronavirus impact on prison labor, broader safety concerns

Friday, April 17, 2020  
Posted by: Dana Walker
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Amid global upheaval over the new coronavirus pandemic, municipalities in multiple regions


are already suspending some curbside and drop-off recycling programs.

Reasons for the program changes largely include enforcement of policies meant to reduce the spread of the virus — like social distancing — as well as a dearth of available labor. Multiple areas have cited a shortage of incarcerated labor outsourced from local prisons as a key factor. That workforce is in short supply amid concerns over COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. 

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