Dispose of your safety masks responsibly

Date: 14/10/2020

Although most people get rid of their disposable masks and face coverings responsibly, there are some instances where people have leaving them on the floor in the street.


Council staff have seen a number of incidents of increased litter on the street following the use of masks and coverings left on the ground. As well as making a mess, this can increase the spread of the virus. It can also cause damage to the environment and wildlife, as animals can get stuck in the straps that hold the masks together.


In order to prevent the spread of the virus and protect the environment, Gwynedd Council is asking residents and visitors 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 sanitizer immediately afterwards.


Councillor Catrin Wager, Gwynedd 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. ”