Americans are being encouraged to recycle by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because of a shortage of paper and cardboard as raw materials for its manufacturing industry.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the EPA has asked households to recycle more to enable essential supplies to hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies and homes to continue to be transported in cardboard boxes.
EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler said: “Right now there is a critical need for raw materials in the manufacturing supply chain, especially paper and cardboard.
“Business closures and limited operations mean less recycled material for American manufacturers, and we all must do our part to recycle more and recycle right to fill this immediate need.”
He added that with many businesses closed due to the coronavirus crisis, large amounts of paper and cardboard are no longer available to manufacturers and therefore households are the main source of recovered fibre.
A video was also produced featuring Andrew Wheeler encouraging Americans to recycle paper and cardboard in particular.