Gloves, masks, PPE in trash prove problematic

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel – Even trash looks different during a global pandemic. Where there’s usually bottles, cans and wrappers, there’s now an discarded Latex gloves, masks and Lysol wipes. Helen Lowman, CEO of Keep America Beautiful, said the litter from personal protective equipment has increased since March.

“I look at litter a lot,” she said. “Two weeks into the shelter-in-place orders, I was taking my dog on a walk, and I was like, ‘What are all these things?’ The face of litter has changed.”

Lowman said that while the typical types of litter haven’t decreased, PPE litter has gone up, which is “exceptionally bad,” because those are items designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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