Posted: Thu 15th Oct 2020

Updated: Thu 15th Oct

Public urged to stop dumping coronavirus face masks on the floor

North Wales news and information

Members of the public are being urged to stop dumping their coronavirus face masks on the floor.

Council staff in Gwynedd have reported an increase in incidents where masks and coverings have been left on the ground.

The local authority said that as well as causing a mess, people’s actions could increase the spread of the virus.

It also warned discarded PPE items could cause damage to the environment and wildlife, as animals can get stuck in the straps that hold the masks together.

Gwynedd Council is now asking residents to dispose of masks and face covers in plastic bags, put them in public bins or take them home to put in the bin.

They should then wash their hands or use a sanitiser immediately afterwards.

Councillor Catrin Wager, the council’s cabinet member for highways and municipal, said: “You can buy or make masks that can be used more than once, but if you use a disposable one, please put the mask in a plastic bag before throwing it away

“With the expectation that people over 11 years old must wear face coverings in public indoor spaces, it is vitally important that we all take responsibility.

“We are asking people to dispose of masks in a way that will help us prevent the spread of the virus as well as protect the environment.

“If the mask contains straps to hold it on your face, please cut these before throwing it, in order to prevent animals being harmed by getting stuck in them.

“Thank you to everyone for playing their part over the last few months to keep our communities safe. This one little extra step can make a big difference. ”

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