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As the crisis continues within the United States, concerns persist about how businesses will continue to operate while still limiting exposure.  These businesses are the lifeblood of our communities, but  behind these businesses are men and women making it all happen while still trying to prevent exposure.

While we know that respiratory transmission is the highest and most common risk, new research has raised concerns about surface transmission.  According to the CDC, the COVID-19 virus can live on materials such as cardboard and plastic, for up to three days.  

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We have seen many businesses put out information to their customers about what precautions they are taking  and careful handling of products and waste have been outlined by the CDC, but these measures do not completely eliminate the risk. For example, as our grocery stores take in deliveries, many are requiring all workers to use gloves when restocking the shelves and our drive-thru restaurants may be using gloves and/or masks when preparing our food, but what happens to the excess packaging once they have restocked or unloaded? Sure they may still be wearing gloves and washing their hands to discard the boxes/packaging, but when their waste bin, baler, or compactor is full….are they still wearing gloves?  If the CDC is stating that the virus can live on materials such as cardboard and plastic, for up to three days, then these same workers can potentially be exposed when handling the waste or bales days later.

The current crisis puts all workers at a heightened risk, but Orwak wants to help!  Orwak offers compactors and balers that are the safe and hygienic solution to your waste management needs.  Whether you need to compact waste or a standard bale, Orwak offers you full flexibility! 

This crisis is not over, but we want to help you maintain your normal operations as much as possible.  Even if we are all able to tackle the current crisis, another infectious disease could be in our future so let’s not only protect people now, but also in the future. 

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