How to recycle the procedure masks used to protect us from COVID-19?
Wondering how to properly dispose of your procedure or surgical masks?
Here are three options for recycling used procedure masks whether you’re at home or at work. Everything will depend on your needs, the service offered in your locality and where you live.
With the pandemic, wearing a mask is on the rise. It is therefore more important than ever to dispose of our surgical masks correctly. If you’re wondering how to recycle your procedure masks, don’t worry!
Here we present three options. Whether you are at home or at work, these methods will help you protect yourself and other people from the virus.
First option: Recycle the procedure masks at home
Depending on where you live, it is possible to recycle your procedure masks. However, you should check with your locality.
So, if you’re recycling procedure or surgical masks at home, all you need is a paper bag and some tape. First, place the masks in the bag, taking care to remove the elastic and close it. Then, use tape to secure the opening of the bag so that no dust or other particles can escape.
Be sure to label the bag with the words “surgical masks or procedure masks” so that it is clear. Please note that your masks and all COVID-19 protective equipment, as well as Antigene Tests, must not end up in the recycling bin.
Second option: Recycle the procedure masks at work
Check with local authorities to see if the business mask recycling service is offered in your area. If so, maybe you will have some other steps you need to go through to get it right. You may have to freeze used masks for 24 hours to eliminate the viruses and bacteria present before disposing of them according to their recommendations.
Now, if you really want to do something for the environment and make sure your masks are properly recycled and will have a second life, you can subscribe to one of our mask recycling plans. Some of our recycling service providers even commit to planting a tree or trees when you purchase their recycling boxes.
The operation of our recycling service is very simple
• You order a container (box, envelope, pallet, etc.) for the recycling of your single-use procedure masks according to the format you need.
• You receive the container you have chosen directly at your address.
• You easily assemble your container.
• When your container is full, you affix the prepaid return label and you contact the designated transportation service for the recovery of your container.
• You order another container to continue recycling your procedure masks in a safe and environmentally friendly way.
Third option: throw your masks in the trash, only if you have no other option.
If you have no other option for recycling your procedure masks than to put them directly in the garbage, then just be sure to pack them well, without their rubber bands so that no dust or other particles can escape. Again, label the package with “procedure/surgical masks” to make it clear.
Whichever option you choose, be sure to carefully follow the instructions of your locality or provider. By properly disposing of your surgical masks, you can help protect yourself, others from COVID-19, and even protect the environment in addition to helping it. Be cautious!