In the last number of weeks, COVID-19 has turned our day-to-day life upside down. As we all adjust to a new social reality, many of our partners and Carton Council of Canada members are on the front lines of this crisis, doing what they can to help support the ongoing recycling efforts of our communities. On behalf of the CCC, thank you for your outstanding commitment.
There are many ways that MRFs and other recycling partners are adapting their processes and businesses to this unusual time.
Nancy Doyon, Director of Development of Récupéraction Centre-du-Québec in Drummondville, QC recently shared some of their strategies with me. The more we can share best practices, the more equipped we are to continue navigating new challenges.
Récupéraction Centre-du-Québec operates a recyclables sorting facility in addition to managing one of the most functional ecocentres in Quebec. The company has 175 staff and they process approximately 30,000 tonnes per year of recyclable materials from the regional county municipalities of Drummond, Acton and Les Maskoutains, and from the Sorel-Tracy area.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, the team at Récupéraction Centre-du-Québec have implemented a number of proactive strategies including:
- Regular meetings with staff to emphasize hygiene and social distancing measures
- Taking advantage of their facility’s physical layout, allowing them to ensure a minimum distance of 2 m between sorters at sorting stations
- Disinfecting 4 times per day
- Splitting break and lunch times into two shifts, in order to have half the people together during those times and maintain appropriate physical distances between everyone
The reality of the situation is that no one knows when this public health crisis will end. Until then, we do know that ongoing communication and assessment of risks is essential to the safety of our workforce and teams and, in turn our families and communities.
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Until then, be safe and be well.