As we continue to venture out to grocery stores and other public venues, the use of masks continues to remain a requirement by the Governor to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The use of masks and gloves are an effective way to prevent the spread of the virus, if used and disposed of correctly. Disposal of masks and gloves by throwing them on the ground after use is considered littering and can present a public health risk.
Used masks and gloves may contain infected droplets and can cause environmental issues. Disposable rubber nitrile gloves can take centuries to biodegrade and natural latex can take years to decompose. They are also incredibly light-weight, which means masks and gloves can easily be picked up and swept away with the wind, and could end up in waterways or otherwise in nature, hurting birds and marine animals who can mistake them for food and ultimately choke to the death.