It is well documented and universally recognized that COVID-19 has produced devastatingly tragic human and financial tolls. And now, a recent abundance of articles in environmental publications has focused on another, though less dramatic, predicament exacerbated by the pandemic, that of increased challenges to successful recycling efforts, particularly regarding plastics.

The issue appears to be two-fold: the unexpected challenges to recycling for the trash-hauling industry and the deluge of plastic waste generated by medical and personal use of disposable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Judie Butterfield is chairman of the borough Recycling Committee and can be reached at 717-337-0724 or

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