PRESS RELEASE


2 Rivers Industries, Inc. - Recycling to Reopen with Restrictions
2 Rivers Industries, Inc. to resume recycling with restrictions to meet guidelines to keep employees safe.


Hannibal, MO, July 30, 2020:  2 Rivers Industries, Inc and its employees are excited to announce that August 3, 2020 they are reopening their facility and will begin processing recycling for the community.     Executive Director, Melonie Nevels, reported there will be several changes that will be implemented to assist in protecting all employees and the community from the COVID-19 virus. 

All businesses have had to implement changes to meet the revised protocols, 2 Rivers Industries, Inc. is no exception.   These protocols are designed to assist in preventing COVID-19 exposures to employees and customers.   The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that recyclers must address all potential sources of exposure including contact with members of the public and surfaces touched or handled by a person with COVID-19.   2 Rivers Industries, Inc.  has the following plan in place to address these concerns:

1.       Recycling Drop-Off hours will start at 7:30 a.m. Monday – Friday and will remain open until available hoppers are full or 1:30 p.m. 

2.       All materials that are dropped off by the community will be required to have a wait time.   During the wait time, the materials must sit, untouched by employees, for the recommended time before any employee can sort the materials.   All hoppers will be sealed once they are filled and marked with the date and time and removed from the front area of the building.

3.       Plastic will NOT be accepted at this time.    This will be evaluated on a regular basis and changed as it is safe and feasible to do so.  

4.       Cardboard will be accepted; however, it must be free of contaminated items (food, plastic, Styrofoam, etc.) and broke down and folded flat.   Once flat, the customer can place the cardboard into the designated hopper as specified by 2 Rivers staff.   When a hopper is full, the hopper will start its wait time.  Cardboard wait time is 24 hours.

5.       Paper Products will be accepted; however, it must be free of contaminated items (plastic wrap/bags and other foreign materials).   All paper must be dry, no wet paper will be accepted to eliminate mold growth during wait times.   Additionally, multiple paper collection containers will be available; mixed paper, magazines/books and office paper will be separated on-site.   Paper wait time up to 5 days.

6.       Electronics will be accepted, with no restrictions.

7.       Metal products will be accepted, separate hoppers will be provided for aluminum cans, steel cans and misc. metals.  General metal wait time is 5 days.  Aluminum wait time 2-8 hours.

8.       Glass, Food Grade only will be accepted. Glass wait time up to 5 days.

9.        No non-recyclable materials will be accepted.

10.    No items will be placed on the ground, all items must be placed in the appropriate collection container.  

11.    2 Rivers staff will be present during collection to provide direction and answer questions. 


When asked, what were your objectives when you created this plan?  Nevels stated “It was definitely my goal and the goal of our Board of Directors to get our business open and provide the recycling services for the citizens of Hannibal while providing safe, meaningful and dignified employment to our employees.  There are so many obstacles to address to try to prevent exposures to this virus.   After many brainstorming sessions, this plan is what is thought to work best.  We are all aware that things look different on paper than they do in practice and I know that there will be modifications needed over the next few weeks and months.   I will update the 2 Rivers Industries, Inc. website (www.2riversind.org) and Facebook (@2RiversInd)  page with any modifications that are made.    We are asking the community to assist in a more detailed sorting of their materials with the primary goal of being able to speed the process of emptying the hoppers quickly and returning them back to operations,  allowing for more citizens to bring their recycling in.  It will be important that once all hoppers are full, we close the facility to prevent dumping of items.  Afterall, it is important that our employees do not touch any materials that have not completed their wait time to ensure they are not contaminated.  We anticipate with this method being open each morning at 7:30 a.m. to receive materials.”

Individuals with additional questions are urged to email Melonie Nevels at mnevels@2riversind.org .Type your paragraph here.