Pandemic PPE can waste recycling, harm animals if disposed of improperly | WLOS

Single-use PPE is causing issues for the environment and sanitation workers, and it could potentially be spreading the virus.

“Employees are up on the line hand-sorting, and these masks and these gloves that come through, obviously it’s not safe,” he said, “and there is a level of exposure there that they are having to deal with.

“This could be around for decades if we don’t dispose of them properly,” said Jacksonville Stormwater Manager Pat Donovan-Brandenburg. “It doesn’t break down.”

Sanitation officials stressed that the proper way to dispose of PPE is in the trash — not with recycled materials.

Pandemic PPE can waste recycling, harm animals if disposed of improperly | WLOS