Stop disposing of PPE and start recycling it
Prior to the pandemic we were all being made aware of the damaging effect plastic waste was having on our oceans. Subsequently, PPE has only contributed further to this problem, with news reporting that globally we are using 129 billion face masks and 65 billion plastic gloves every month in response to COVID-19.
In April 2020 the government advised people to dispose of used masks in general waste bins, although more often we see PPE, specifically disposable face masks, being disposed of improperly – littering our public spaces. As part of our ethos to drive waste up the hierarchy for our customers, we wanted to find a solution that meant these necessary materials were routed back into the value chain, rather than ending up being sent to landfill or incinerated.
Closing the loop
We have joined forced with ReWorked and their #Reclaimthemask campaign to provide just that – a closed loop recycling that takes PPE and turns it back into materials that can be used again in the business.
Explore the PPE recycling range
What PPE can be recycled?
Standard disposable masks that are made from PP (polypropylene), plastic gloves, visors and face screens, safety gear (helmets, bump caps), goggles, safety spectacles, earplugs, plastic overalls and clothing covers.
How it works...
Utilising innovative technology and a giant ‘waffle making’ machine, boards (called stormboard) made of 100% recycled plastics can be produced and turned into hoarding boards for construction / refurbishment projects, bins for collecting used PPE and dispensing sanitiser to customers or employees, furniture such as park benches, shelving etc.
A four-step process
We have a simple four-step process. You order your PPE bin or cardboard insert, fill it and when ready we will collect and send it for processing. You can then order a replacement box or if you would like to take it a step further to make the process closed loop, you can bring back the materials into your business as bins, boarding or furniture.
NHS Charity Donation
As part of our continued work with The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SaTH), Reconomy will donate £1 for every PPE recycling box we sell until 31st May 2021 to support with the renovation of a disused courtyard at the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford. Last year through other campaigns we raised over £14,000 for the project, and this year we are looking to raise that figure further.