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Tompkins County Recycling and Materials Management (TCRMM) asked residents Wednesday to put cardboard in their recycling bin rather than stacking it to the side. This would allow recycling collectors to touch fewer surfaces while picking up recycling bins and dumping their contents into the recycling truck.

Although COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, surface transmission is a possibility according to the Centers for Disease Control. Recycling collectors are outfitted with personal protective equipment, but containing all of your recyclables in your bin is a simple precaution that reduces the risk of surface transmission from residents to collectors.

As an added step, TCRMM advised that residents can disinfect their recycling bins after setting them out.

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