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Personal Protective Equipment is the New Waste

There’s a new type of waste amid the COVID-19 pandemic. From face masks to wipes and gloves, personal protective equipment (PPE) is the new waste stream finding its way onto sidewalks, ocean and beaches. And it poses a great risk to the environment.

“This pandemic is causing the face of litter to change,” said Ms. Lowman, chief executive of Keep America Beautiful, a nonprofit group that organizes cleanups. “We’re seeing a real shift in what is in the litter stream.”

Many local governments have instituted fines to combat PPE littering.

The bottom line – just throw away your PPE properly.

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