The Hancock County Solid Waste Management District has instituted changes in an effort to keep employees safe from the coronavirus pandemic while continuing recycling operations.

Effective immediately, people with any of the following conditions should not place recyclables in any of the community drop-off recycling containers located throughout Hancock County, including Litter Landing:

• Any person who has had a fever of 100.1 degrees or above in the past 14 days.

• Any person who has had an immediate family member or member of the same household with a fever during this period.

• Any person returning from any of the countries listed as coronavirus-infected within the last 14 days.

• Any person who has had close contact with or cared for someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

• Any person who has experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days, including cough, sore throat, respiratory illness and difficulty breathing.

People who meet any of those conditions should dispose of recyclables with regular trash.

The requirements are to prevent employees of companies that sort and market recyclables from being infected with the coronavirus.

Managing recyclables requires direct contact with the materials by staff and requires some hand sorting.

Litter Landing will remain open. Litter Landing users should practice social distancing by remaining in the vehicle until reaching the donation drop-off overhang area as well as limiting the number of people donating recyclables inside the building and overlap at the donation bins.

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