PPE Disposal and Sustainable Options
The only way to properly dispose of masks and gloves is in the trash. PPE in the recycling stream harms machinery and poses a risk to employees within the facility. Additionally, Keep America Beautiful President and CEO, Helen Lowman, warns that if you or someone in your home has tested positive for COVID-19, do not recycle your recyclables; place them in a bag that is securely closed and discard them in your trash container.
As opposed to single use, disposable masks, a great alternative is a cloth mask that you can wear over and over again. NRC encourages you to purchase sustainably made masks – 14 Sustainable Mask Brands – or to upcycle your own. The CDC has resources on how to make your own mask and how to clean and remove them along with many other tips. Check out these mask resources.