Municipalities suspend recycling due to coronavirus impact on prison labor, broader safety concerns
Friday, April 17, 2020
Posted by: Dana Walker
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.