June 29, 2020 -- For Milli Martinez of North Hollywood, CA, recycling has been a way of life. For years, she has taken her own reusable bags to the grocery store. At retail stores, she would also decline their bags and use her own.

Then came the coronaviruspandemic. Many grocery stores switched back to single-use plastic bags and prohibited customers from bringing their own reusable bags. While annoyed at the waste, Martinez says she understands the motivation to stop the spread. Even so, she says, "I'm concerned people will get out of the habit of recycling."

While the situation has been difficult for Martinez, many of us seem to be doing just fine with -- perhaps wallowing in -- our new, disposable habits. As COVID-19 has brought anxiety, worry, and social distancing, it has also brought piles and piles of trash and waste.

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