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Jim Rutkowski • May 28, 2020

Cardboard consequences of the pandemic彩神丨x

Bay Property Group has seen an influx of garbage and recyclables during shelter in place orders.
Even before the public health crisis, we as a society have had an insatiable online craving. Sweet same-day shipping deals and the instant gratification of pointing and clicking has fueled the growth of e-commerce, but it has also generated the by-products of a “trash of convenience.” It’s gotten so bad, packages have changed the very color of material collected at recycling facilities.

Enter the pandemic. Consumers are approaching this bizarre period of isolation and uncertainty with seismic, overnight shifts in shopping behavior, changing what they are buying, when, and how. With brick-and-mortar shopping reserved for only the most necessary essentials, online shopping is no longer optional for many. 
In case you were wondering, there is no need to disinfect packages, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saysthe risk for the coronavirus to spread from packagesthat have traveled over a period of days is “very low.”

This online shopping craze, coupled with the clearing off of shelves as people stockpile for the apocalypse, and more household waste as people stay home, has generated a large increase in cardboard and other recyclables. Some of the properties within our portfolio have been overflowing with it.

Being eco-friendly is more than being smart and stating a cause. It’s essential feedstock for industry during the pandemic.

Bay Property Group hasalways encouraged peopleto seek a greener, healthier lifestyle and we try to always think about the environment in the course of managing properties under our care, but recycling has become more important in today’s times.

We were intrigued tocome across a webinarof paper, plastic, metal, and glass recycling representatives discussing the crucial role recyclables play in the supply chain to keep essential products like grocery and healthcare items stocked during COVID-19. One of the panelists called this flashpoint a World War II moment, citing President Roosevelt’s leaning on Americans to contribute to the war effort by recycling metals, paper, and rags.

Being eco-friendly is more than being smart and stating a cause. It's essential feedstock for industry during the pandemic.

Bay Property Group has always encouraged people to seek a greener, healthier lifestyle and we try to always think about the environment in the course of managing properties under our care, but recycling has become more important in today's times.

We were intrigued to come across a webinar of paper, plastic, metal, and glass recycling representatives discussing the crucial role recyclables play in the supply chain to keep essential products like grocery and healthcare items stocked during COVID-19. One of the panelists called this flashpoint a World War II moment, citing President Roosevelt's leaning on Americans to contribute to the war effort by recycling metals, paper, and rags.

Recycling is open for business
Since the U.S. Department of Homeland Security deemed waste collection an essential service, garbage, compost, and recycling pickups continue unabated throughout the Bay Area.

Please pay careful attention to local rules. For example, in Alameda County, the company tells multi-unit owners to place all extra recycling in a paper bag or cardboard box next to the recycling cart or bin to help keep the workforce safe. If you have a cart service - that is, 20–96 gallons) for trash, Waste Management says they will pick up extra trash in one personal metal or plastic 32-gallon container with handles (not to exceed 75 pounds) at no additional cost.

We have a good handle on pick-up dates and the specifications for shapes, sizes, and other nuances, and we remain on standby, remotely, to answer any questions relating to budget and proper disposal. If tenants leave out loose materials or are not disposing of waste properly, we will give them a friendly reminder and educate them on proper procedures.

It is always a good practice to keep cardboard dry, avoid saturation, flatten boxes as much as humanly possible, and remove any plastic and other contaminants. For more tips on how cardboard can be bundled for easy storage, transportation, or disposal, consult this article.

Thinking inside the box

For the creative types or those who want arts and crafts projects for children, there is no shortage of uses for extra cardboard lying around. We came across a handful of videos of YouTube that show you, step-by-step, how to make a toy guitar, smartphone projector, phone speakers, table football, and many more clever ideas.
Boxes that give back to the earth

By googling "eco-friendly boxes," there is a profusion of search results touting the benefits of economical, sturdy, reusable, recyclable, biodegradable, and environmentally friendly boxes. Since we are all part of this ecosystem and should be good custodians of it, perhaps it's worth investing in sustainable packaging.

Parting thoughts

Using and properly disposing of cardboard is important on many levels and its proliferation in rental units has brought them into focus. It is not only a public health and safety issue for residents, neighbors, and the workforce but essential for the supply chain as the pipeline of supplies is clogged because of the pandemic. Not to mention, being conscientious of the environment.

Of course, Bay Property Group will continue to ensure the accumulation of waste is handled in the appropriate manner, and pay close attention to other aspects of your rental business.



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