The COVID-19 pandemic, causing more people to stay and work from home, changed the way we live. We adjusted to a new normal while hopeful to get back to a society without social distancing, face masks, and the threat of a destructive virus. One interesting aspect of staying at home or sheltering in place was the effect on the environment and recycling during Coronavirus.
Like many people furloughed or working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, you probably depend on deliveries from online companies such as Amazon for your everyday needs. And, like many people, you probably collect a pile of cardboard boxes. With deliveries on the rise, and recycling capabilities in many areas down, how we all reduce the number of cardboard boxes discarded with the trash?
We are very excited to share photos of the Texas Recycling plant and a quote from President and Co-owner Joel Litman, as appeared in Wall Street Journal (18 November 2020), All Those Used Delivery Boxes Are a Hot Commodity by Bob Tita
Excerpt from the artcle:
Junk mail and discarded delivery boxes have turned into a hot commodity as the paper industry uses them as a substitute for recycled office paper, which became scarce as people work from home.
That is a sharp turnaround from two years ago, when the market for recycled catalogs, boxes and newspapers collapsed after China toughened its standards for waste paper imports.
Now, U.S. paper and cardboard mills are figuring out how to turn that trash into new toilet paper, coffee cups, paper towels and cardboard boxes. And they have more material to work with as people order more food and packages to their homes during the coronavirus.
Joel Litman quoted:
Meantime, American companies are searching for more scrap paper. Dallas-based Texas Recycling Inc., which collects paper from commercial and industrial users and sells it to paper mills, is looking for more cardboard to cover the 40% drop this year in its shredding business for office paper.
“The demand for corrugated is going to pick up,” said co-owner Joel Litman. “More mills are coming on line.”
People are talking about environmentally safe cleaning. As we continue to live with the everyday reality of COVID-19, many of us are cleaning our homes more than ever before. Disinfecting surfaces has become an everyday part of home maintenance. In addition, with businesses reopening safely, daily cleaning and disinfecting is expanding to offices and retail locations.
One of Texas Recycling’s favorite annual events is coming soon: America Recycles Day is November 15, 2020. This is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to recycling and recycling education. American Recycling Day was created to promote the benefits of recycling programs in communities all around America. This special day, overseen by Keep America Beautiful, is designed to motivate, educate and bring more awareness to recycling all around the country.