The Corona Virus pandemic may have given our planet a temporary breather when it comes to pollution, but it also gave Mother Earth a new environment problem: The masks, gloves, and bottles of sanitizers we use to block ourselves from the virus are ending up on the streets.
In America, you will see a lot of discarded gloves and masks everywhere. People leave them behind and wouldn’t bother to find a trash bin nearby.
These gloves and masks should be properly disposed of. It puts other people at risk.
A number of organizations worldwide have raised concerns that some oceans, rivers, and sewers are submerged with disposable face masks, latex gloves, hand sanitizer bottles, and other non-recyclable personal protective equipment (PPE). They asked everyone to properly dispose of these.
“No one should be leaving used plastic gloves or masks on the ground in a parking lot or tossing them into the bushes,” David Biderman, executive director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), said in a statement. “Discarded contaminated PPE on the ground increases the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and has negative impacts on the environment.”
“If we keep doing this, we could end up infecting our frontline and essential workers and personnel,” Khubchandani said. “Not to mention overburdening waste management workers and city health departments who are already stretched for resources.”