COVID-19 and CVWMA Collections

Educational Resources


    A Message from Our Executive Director

    As COVID-19 continues to change how we live our lives,  the  removal of trash and recyclables remains essential services for public health and safety. Our residential trash and recycling collections remain on regular schedule.

    As we start the new year 2021, let’s keep the recycling momentum going. We ask you to recycle right, Contamination (placing items we do not accept in recycling containers) continues to be a problem. We encourage you to visit our website to review what items are accepted in our residential (curbside) recycling and drop-off recycling programs , as well as those items that are not accepted as recycling programs vary throughout the states and nationally.

    Below you will find collection updates and upcoming member locality special collection events. We continue to follow local and CDC guidelines.

    • Residential recycling and trash collections are on regular collection schedules. For any changes due to a holiday,  click here for details.
    • Visit our Event Calendar to check for upcoming document shredding, HHW disposal, electronics recycling, and tire amnesty events being scheduled by our member localities.
    • Stay connected with CVWMA. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
    • Need assistance? Call our Customer Service Team at (804) 340-0900 (recycling) or (804) 425-0500 (trash).


    Use links below to read earlier messages.

    A Message from our Executive Director July 2020

    A Message from our Executive Director June 2020

    A Message from Our Executive Director May 2020

    A Message from our Executive Director April 2020


    What general precautions should we take to ensure public safety and protect waste and recycling workers?

    Per OSHA, management of waste that is suspected or known to contain or be contaminated with COVID-19 does not require special precautions beyond those already used to protect workers.   Employers and workers are and continue to use typical safe work practices, and personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves and face/eye protection.   General precautionary measures provided by the CDC, such as avoiding touching face, washing hands, using hand sanitizer should be used throughout the day.

    What should we all do to ensure personal safety and safety of drivers and helpers on trucks?

    • Treat trash/recycling containers as any other surfaces, like doorknobs, tables and handrails and disinfect (handles, lids, openings….) after each collection using products and guidelines recommended by the CDC.
    • DO NOT put wipes in Recycling Containers – they are NOT RECYCLABLE and should go in the trash.
    • If you can, use *gloves to wheel or carry your containers to the curb/alley, and/or wash hands or use hand sanitizer after putting your cans and bins out for collection.
    • *Latex and other disposable gloves go in the trash – not your recycling container.
    • Bag and tie your trash before putting in your trash cart, BUT NO PLASTIC BAGS in the recycling!!
    • Minimize contact with trash and recycling workers.

Is it safe for Drivers, Helpers, Operators and Sorters to handle Garbage and/or Recycling?

  • Yes. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are not calling for any additional steps to handle waste or recycling.
  • Waste and recycling handling is not a disease pathway and has not been identified as needing any special precaution by the WHO or CDC.
  • Household waste and recycling are not considered regulated medical waste, even if a person in the home has an infectious disease, such as COVID-19.
  • As with all handling of solid waste and recycling, caution and personal protective equipment (gloves, face/eye protection, etc.) should always be used. It’s important to continue practicing good hand washing hygiene habits.

What work practices should and are Drivers, Helpers, Operators, Sorters, etc. be following?

  • All employees handling any waste or recycling should be following the PPE requirements of their job. Always wear specified gloves for your job or task.
  • Customary work practices and precautions taken by employees (while using the correct PPE) will protect workers from disease transmission. COVID-19 is spread person-to-person through contact with and/or sharing surfaces contaminated by a sick person. Employees should avoid contact and practice social distancing with other employees and the public. This includes shaking hands, hugging, and sharing food and drinks.
  • Practice good personal hygiene. Be sure to use disinfectant wipes whenever you share tools and equipment.
  • Remain calm and contact your healthcare provider if you have medical questions or feel sick.

What about taking trash and recycling to convenience centers, public use areas and local drop-off recycling sites?

  • First contact your locality for any changes to hours of operations and any other limits on operations.
  • If you can, use gloves to carry your trash and recyclables.  After putting your clean, loose recyclables in the drop-off container or your trash in the receptacle, use hand sanitizer.  Wash your hands when you get home.
  • DO NOT put wipes/disposable gloves in Recycling Containers – they are NOT RECYCLABLE and should go in the trash.
  • Latex and other disposable gloves go in the trash – not your recycling container.
  • Remember NO PLASTIC BAGS in the recycling!!
  • Minimize contact with trash and recycling workers.   

What you can do to help. Remember, no plastic bags or plastic bagged recyclables in recycling containers.

Tips to Minimize Waste

We are all in this together. Please review tips below and share them with family and friends.

  • Do not set extra bags outside the cart. They will not be collected.
  • Keep your spring-cleaning pile in the basement, attic or garage.
  • Flatten cardboard boxes to create more room in the recycling cart.
  • Grass cycle lawn clippings.
  • Make sure all trash is in a bag, securely closed in trash container.
  • No plastic bags or plastic bagged recyclables in recycling containers, make sure recyclables are empty, clean and dry. Recycle accepted items only.
  • Dispose of used wipes, tissues, and paper towels in trash bags that are tied shut and placed inside trash containers for disposal.
  • Never dispose of disposable wipes, paper towels, rags and similar items in toilet- these items damage sewer systems to the point of system failures and potential backups.
  • Don’t litter- when outside the home, properly dispose of masks, gloves, wipes and other items in the trash.


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