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The COVID-19 vaccine will require billions of glass vials—but lockdowns are cratering the supply of recycled glass

22 May 2020

The complicated unanticipated consequences of sheltering in place could slow down how quickly we can stop the disease.

When the coronavirus began to spread in the U.S., recycling rates started to drop. Some cities suspended curbside recycling; in other areas, the recycling centers that sort through waste had to close because workers couldn’t safely stay 6 feet apart. Several states suspended the bottle bills that pay consumers to bring containers back to stores. Some haulers started taking recyclables to landfills.


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