Mobility equipment specialists stand to benefit from a new PPE recycling service launched in Yorkshire.
Waste handling and recycling firm ReWorked has developed a full-service operation to process disposable face masks, gloves, visors and more, for public and private sectors.
ReWorked marketing manager Izzie Glazzard said: “We are on the brink of launching some large scale PPE recycling schemes on the UK high-street. It provides an invaluable service for customers who want protection from Covid-19, but don’t want the environment to suffer as a consequence”.
The driving force behind the scheme is the rise in PPE usage seen worldwide due to the pandemic. Estimates say globally we are using 129 billion disposable masks and 65 billion plastic gloves every month.
The WWF says: “If only 1% of the worlds face masks are disposed of incorrectly, 10 million masks will still end up polluting fragile ecosystems every month.”
How it works
The PPE waste is collected, using various methods depending on the location. After a 72 hour quarantine, the waste undergoes a lengthy process of shredding and washing.
The shredded plastic is layered onto what ReWorked call its “Stormboard Mill”, where it is heated to over 200C and pressed into a solid board. These plastic boards can be used as building materials or cut to become furniture, bins and other practical items.
ReWorked refers to the process as ‘Reclaiming The Mask’, as part of its ongoing #ReclaimTheMask campaign, urging companies to take control and responsibility for the growing PPE waste issue.