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How to discard masks so they don't end up in the sea

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Right now, the consumption of masks and gloves is generating large amounts of plastic that is difficult to manage. That is why we must ask ourselves where our waste will end up and if we can do something to reduce our environmental footprint. Currently we find two types of masks, reusable and single-use.

Single-use masks

In this first case, we must follow some guidelines to dispose of them, since they are thrown into the street or in the wrong container, they help to spread the virus and in many cases end up in our precious sea.

That is why we ask that you follow the following guidelines for disposing of used masks and gloves: Separate them from the rest of the garbage in a tightly closed plastic bag and deposit it in the gray container.

In case of testing positive for coronavirus or presenting symptoms, these residues should be placed in a second plastic bag, to avoid contagion of the virus. Washable or reusable face masks Reusable hygienic masks can be reused if they are manufactured according to the UNE 0065 standard (those manufactured according to the UNE 0064 standard are not reusable).

In the case of the FFP2 and FFP3 masks, they can be reused if they have the indication R.

Washable or reusable face masks

On the other hand, we find cloth masks, which are not as effective as the other masks, but if they do not present symptoms they can be used, since it should be remembered that the function of all these masks, except for FFP2 and FFP3 is that of not infecting.

In the event that we opt for the cloth masks, they must be washed at least 60 degrees in the washing machine with normal detergent or if we prefer, soak the mask in a 1:50 bleach dilution for about 30 minutes, after wash with soap and water and rinse well.

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