Coronavirus-Related Gloves, Masks and Wipes Don’t Belong in Recycling

Masks aren't recyclable. (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control / Flickr)Masks aren't recyclable. (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control / Flickr)

Chicago’s official recycling site has issued a reminder notice that protective equipment related to the coronavirus outbreak is not recyclable.

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Waste management crews have seen a surge in items like gloves, masks and gowns placed in recycling carts when they actually belong in the trash.

The disposable wipes, paper towels and tissues that people have been using to sanitize surfaces also are not recyclable, and never have been, according to the Recycle by City notice

These same items aren’t flushable, either, even if their packaging claims that they are, per a previous statement from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

To-go food containers with the No. 6 label aren’t recyclable, nor is plastic serveware. 

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