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How COVID-19 is impacting the recycling industry in the U.S.

How is COVID-19 impacting recycling in the U.S.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause massive disruption to Americans’ everyday lives, one little-talked-about area of impact is that of recycling. The already struggling recycling industry has faced a crisis as many reusable items have been temporarily barred due to ongoing concerns about person-to-person exposure to the COVID virus. As a result, higher volumes of waste have gone unrecycled.

Since many shelter-in-place orders began in March 2020, cities across the U. S. have seen a massive 20% increase in municipal garbage and recyclables. Much of the waste can be attributed to more online shopping, spring cleaning and an increase in takeout packaging from restaurants.

Many municipalities are struggling with multimillion-dollar budget shortfalls, and recycling programs are also feeling the squeeze. Cities such as Rock Springs, Wyoming and East Peoria, Illinois have been forced to completely cut their recycling programs.

As recycling imports for low-quality scrap were banned from China and other Asian markets, the demand for raw recyclables has hit an all-time low, putting pressure on the already struggling recycling market. While the pandemic has temporarily boosted prices for some recyclables, the overall prices for reclaimed plastics are at 10-year lows. With an influx of cheap oil, the price of raw materials from oil-derived virgin plastics is at their lowest level in decades.

With suspensions and collections on pause across the country, what does the future hold for the recycling industry?

With no end to the U.S. consumption of plastic and little regulatory guidance from federal or state governments, it is increasingly obvious that a grassroots movement of citizens dedicated to preserving our earth is needed to stem the tide of plastic pollution across the world.

Technologies exist that can greatly reduce our dependence on single-use plastics, but we need your help to engage manufacturers and retailers to adopt these new technologies. Unfortunately, they don’t believe we care enough to change.

It’s time to eliminate plastic waste for good. The technology exists to refill household products right in your nearest store, right now. But you aren’t getting access to it. We need your voice in the fight for refill technology. Sign our petition today!


It's time to tell retailers and manufacturers that we want new technologies to replace plastic waste.

The government hasn't taken the steps necessary to ban plastic waste so it's up to us - the consumer - to petition retailers and manufactures for change.

The technologies exist to create refill stations at your local retail store so why you haven't seen them? Retailers and manufacturers are hesitant to install refill stations because it's a huge industry shift and, most importantly, they have no idea that consumers want it.

When it comes to change, consumers have to take charge. It's time for you to get involved and tell retailers and manufactueres that #WeWantRefill.

The #WeWantRefill movement is gaining momentum, but more must be done. To show retailers how serious you are about using refill technology, please take a minute to sign this petition to send a clear message to retailers that it's time to refill, not waste.



We will never share or sell your information. This petition will be sent to popular retailers and manufacturers to show them that we do care about the planet and want change! Occasional updates will be emailed to update you on the progress of the campaign.

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Share your thoughts about refilling household products and let consumer brands and retailers know that you want the choice to keep plastic out of landfills!