COVID-19 and the Waste Stream

  • COVID-19 Curbs Roadside Litter Cleanups

    COVID-19 precautions have prompted annual and seasonal roadside cleanups organized by state organizations and community volunteer groups to be canceled or postponed.

  • Turtle Trash Collectors Adapt to COVID-19

    UNCW’s MarineQuest outreach program Turtle Trash Collectors has launched a citizen-science project to better understand how COVID-19 is affecting pollution and marine debris.

  • Recycling Industry Faces New Challenges

    Waste and recycling organization representatives have seen a change in what and how residential customers are recycling since the stay-at-home order was put in place this March to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Cleanup Organizers Adjust During COVID-19

    Since March, cleanup organizers, who have noticed an increase in COVID-19 related litter, have had to adjust to coronavirus precautions in order to continue to combat litter and debris.

  • Coastal Restaurants’ Plastic Usage Rebounds

    In the first in a series about how COVID-19 has changed the waste stream, including plastics, Ocean Friendly Establishments coordinators continue to encourage using reusables safely when possible.