Wearing masks, using gloves and hand sanitizer as needed, and washing your hands help protect you, your family, and others from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). However, when you are discarding disposable masks, gloves, and sanitizing wipes, please do so properly. Don’t litter. Don’t flush. And don’t put them into the recycling bin. Instead, these items go into the trash can. If these items have been contaminated with COVID-19, please place them into a sturdy plastic bag and close it tightly before placing it into the trash cart or bin.
Empty hand sanitizer and cleaning supply bottles can be recycled. Please be sure the containers are completely empty, rinse them, and then allow them to drip dry before placing them into your recycling bin. Plastic caps and lids are recyclable and can be placed back on the dry bottle. Pumps should be thrown into the trash.
“We all must continue to do our part to keep beaches, parks, waterways, and streets safe and clean. As COVID-19 continues to pose an ongoing threat, it is imperative that we stay vigilant and properly dispose of trash and litter that could potentially harm wildlife and spread the virus,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Helen Lowman.
You can reduce your waste and stay protected by opting for washable, reusable masks, as well as using washable cloths and rags to clean and disinfect your home and its high-touch surfaces.
Thanks again for protecting yourself, your neighbors, and our planet! For more, check out About that PPE…
Photo: Stefan Tomic | E+ | Getty Images Plus