COVID-19 Recycling Tips: What To Do With PPE, Plastic Bags, Delivery Packaging

COVID-19 Recycling Tips: What To Do With PPE, Plastic Bags, Delivery Packaging

Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland has shared several tips about how to recycle during COVID-19.

Please click on links below for great info to help you recycle as much as possible while still recycling right.

Do Not Recycle PPE

You can use reusable, washable masks and gloves if possible!

Try TerraCycle

To recycle plastic and other materials that cannot go into your curbside recycling cart, you might consider ordering a Zero Waste Box from TerraCycle, like this one specifically for PPE:

  • Disposable PPEZero Waste Box – to recycle surgical and industrial face masks, and also other safety equipment like safety glasses and earplugs, disposable, gloves, hair nets, shoe covers.

When full, the boxes will be returned to TerraCycle for processing and the collected waste will be cleaned, melted and remolded to make new products.

Disposable masks are typically made from #5 polypropylene plastic and can be turned into a variety of items ranging from reusable shipping pallets to plastic lumber applications. Rubberized disposable gloves be used by rubber manufacturers in low-grade applications for products such as matting.

Delivery Packaging

Reuse what you can, recycle what you can, but do not recycle the hybrid materials.

Plastic Bags

Jewel Osco is still taking clean, dry, empty plastic bags for recycling in their front entrance drop boxes.

Recycling Events

See the online information on Recycling Events. We ARE having the events, but NO Document Shredding until 2021. Residents must follow these rules of use to protect employees and visitors to the sites.

  • Sept. 12 — Electronics, clothes, books. NO DOCUMENT SHREDDING.
  • Oct. 10 — Electronics, clothes, books and paint.
  • Nov. 14 — Electronics, clothes, books

Read More

For the latest info on Kane County Recycles programs during the pandemic, view this update document or visit the program webpage. Click here for Recycling Center Rules of Use.