So, what is #ReclaimTheMask all about? Reclaim The Mask is a recycling initiative by ReWorked, created to reduce plastic pollution caused by single-use plastic such as disposable masks & gloves. Working alongside businesses, individuals & volunteer groups to divert tonnes of PPE waste from becoming environmental trash, ending up in landfills & being incinerated.
Who are ReWorked?
Reworked take waste or recycled products from waste and re-introduce it back into the supply chain or use it to manufacture bespoke products. They specialise in the harder to handle materials that typically aren’t able to be recycled through traditional recycling systems.
The coronavirus pandemic has seen a considerable rise in the use of single-use face masks & other PPE items. Globally we are currently using 129 billion face masks & 65 billion plastic gloves every month. Those are harrowing stats for the health of our planet.
Eight million tonnes of plastic waste already ends up in the world’s oceans every year, and the impact of COVID-19 will only increase those figures.
Single-use plastics are an inescapable part of the material world and single-use personal protective equipment (masks, gloves etc.) are particularly hard to recycle.
The Solution – Reclaim The Mask
Shocked into action by increasing evidence of environmental damage, Reworked created an innovative solution that allows PPE, including disposable masks, gloves & visors, to be fully recycled.
#ReclaimTheMask was born.
This campaign was launched by ReWorked to help spread the core facts & importance of safely collecting used PPE and recycling it properly.
Utilising innovative technology, Reworked can create new products from waste materials. Standard disposable masks are made of PP (polypropylene), which ReWorked use to create Stormboards (a durable board made from 100% recycled plastic).
#ReclaimtheMask with the PPE Recycling box
ReWorked’s box recycling scheme is available for many waste streams, including PPE. Reworked PPE recycling boxes are made for facemasks, disposable gloves, visors and other plastic-based PPE items.
What can be recycled?
- Disposable face masks
- Plastic Gloves
- Visors & face screens
- Safety gear (helmets, bump caps)
- Goggles & safety spectacles
- Plastic overalls & clothing covers
- Lateral flow tests (to be placed within the plastic/foil bag it comes in)
All you have to do is – Order a PPE recycling box, Fill it with PPE items, Ship back to ReWorked via a collection and then Re-Order your next box and continue to recycle those tricky PPE items.