Numerous businesses and industries across America are feeling the ravaging effects of the coronavirus. Industries critical to America’s infrastructure such as servers, data centers, battery backup systems and telecommunications, have seen staff reduction and/or partial or full quarantine. Smelters in quarantined states have shut down operations indefinitely and exports are limited, if not halted completely, at some ports. Commodity prices have seen great volatility in recent weeks and continue to slide downward.

SWANA, the Solid Waste Association of North America, has urged elected officials and leaders such as US Governors and Mayors to consider solid waste collection, processing and disposal as an essential public service exempt from local and state-wide coronavirus quarantines. FEAD, the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services, has called on it’s member countries to recognize the importance of recycling and waste management for the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. Both organizations stressed that the proper usage of equipment, safety materials and procedures throughout this time is paramount.

Due to the hazardous nature of batteries, most materials handling activities require the use of gloves or protective gear, and as such, the risk of transmission is significantly reduced. Junkbat will continue to service clients in need of battery recycling services, and operations at Junkbat will continue as long as it is safe and permissible to do so throughout the coronavirus outbreak. Our staff travel with and use hand sanitizer for the instances where personal contact occurs, such as signing sales receipts, BOL, and EPA compliance documentation.

Should you have any other questions or concerns about mitigation of health risk while we service your premises during the COVID-19 outbreak, please call us or email us.


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