COVID-19 Resources For Organics Recycling Operations

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Ireland’s Cré, the Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association (MABA), and the US Composting Council (USCC) provided their members with links to valuable guidance for managers and employees of composting and anaerobic digestion facilities, wastewater treatment plants, and biosolids recycling programs. We’ve compiled them for easy access.

Cré (Composting & Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland): COVID-19 risk management guidance for facility operations are provided via the links below. “We recommend that all our members make their own risk assessments both for the risk of infection among their own employees and the need to ensure the operation of socially critical infrastructure such as waste collection and waste management,” notes Cré.

• Business Continuity Planning Checklist

• Compost Health and Safety Factsheet

• Panda’s COVID-19 response

• CRE advice re: COVID-19

• Norway Risk Template

 

MABA: Access to several documents in MABA’s library:

• Report to the Virginia General Assembly: Land Applied Biosolids Epidemiological Pilot Study and Pathogen Content Analysis (2019)

Assessing and Communicating Risks from Pathogens in Land Applied Biosolids (2010)

Exposure Pathways to High-Consequence Pathogens in the Wastewater Collection and Treatment Systems (2016)

Adds Bill Toffey, MABA’s Executive Director, “I recommend, too, that you search Google Scholar for articles by Drs. Ian Pepper and Charles Gerba at the University of Arizona with many relevant articles.”

 

USCC: In addition to tips for its members, the Council provided the following links:

World Health Organization’s Water, sanitation, hygiene and waste management for COVID-19

US EPA List of Approved Coronavirus Disinfectants

Safety Gear (PPE) at Compost Facilities

Composting for Avian Influenza Virus Elimination 

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