Covid-19 Recycling FAQs

Here’s what you need to know about disposing of waste from household and workplace cleaning as we all deal with the COVID-19 emergency…

What should we do with cleaning wipes?

Single-use/anti-bacterial wipes should be disposed of in the landfill cart. This includes so-called “flushable” wipes, which aren’t actually flushable and can clog sewer pipes. Certified compostable wipes are the only cleaning wipes that can go in the compost cart.

Are wipes and hand sanitizer containers recyclable?

Yes, the cylindrical plastic cleaning wipes containers can go in the recycling when empty, along with empty soap or hand sanitizer plastic bottles.

What do I do with used facial tissues – compost or landfill?

In general, facial tissues are okay in the compost. However, if you or anyone in your household is sick, used tissues should be bagged and disposed of in the landfill cart.

What do I do with paper towels – compost or landfill?

Paper towels go in the compost cart, unless they have been used with a non-biodegradable cleaner (in which case they should go in the trash).

Should we still place cans, bottles, cardboard and clean paper in recycling?

Yes, keep recycling!

Should we wash used food containers more than usual before placing them in recycling?

Not more than normal – please make sure they are empty and rinsed out as usual.

Where do we toss used plastic gloves and masks?

Disposable gloves and face masks need to go in the landfill cart – they are not recyclable or compostable.

This is the current guidance as of March 20, 2020. As the situation continues to evolve, waste handling measures may change. Be on the lookout for additional information from local health authorities, as well as at and on our social media feeds.