Garbage and recycling are collected at Brattleboro. Photo by Kristopher Radder \/ Brattleboro ReformerVTDigger posted a routine update on coronavirus in Vermont in this page. So can you subscribe here for regular email updates on Coronavirus. If you have questions, thoughts or updates about how Vermont responds to Covid-19, contact us at The state's Department of Environmental Conservation recommends that a ban on waste leftovers from food dumping, which took effect in July, be pushed back to January amid a coronavirus pandemic. And its department recommend that haulers do not have to collect recycled goods during emergencies so they can focus on moving trash. The country's recommendations come after several carriers make similar calls. Vermont lawmakers passed Universal Recycling Laws in 2012, it banned the disposal of recycling into landfills starting in 2015 and leaf and yard debris in 2016. Businesses that produce more than one third of one food waste in a week are currently prohibited from disposing of food waste. Starting this July, all Vermont residents will be banned from discarding leftovers. Peter Walke, DEC's commissioner, told members of the Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Council Tuesday that while many businesses, the district of solid waste, residents and transporters were ready for a ban in force this summer, some were in the "final upheaval" of preparations when the plague occurred. Pushing for a six-month ban back must give businesses and other people a pillow after the pandemic is ready for the ban, Walke said, stressing that this is "not a change that we recommend just a little." DEC also recommends that lawmakers give Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency Julie Moore the authority to temporarily lift the ban on recycled hoarded recycling, and allow transporters not to collect recycling during emergencies. Walke said DEC recommended the change so that transporters, some of whom faced staff shortages, did not need to have separate trucks to collect rubbish and because of concerns about how long the virus could last on various types of recycling. "The first and foremost thing we need from a public health point of view is to take out the trash, and for people who provide goods and services to be able to continue to do their work," he said.