Community Mask Clean-Up
Lethbridge Clean Up member. From left Will Woods, Alyssa and Dave Kusalik, Delilah and Dennis Traber. Photos submitted
Initial 87 masks cleaned up.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, people were instructed to wear masks to help prevent the spread of the virus. Gloves could also be worn to help prevent the spread. When the masks and gloves are not disposed of properly, these items end up on the ground in our communities as well as in our oceans.
It was stated back in December 2020 on www.oceansasia.org/covid-19-facemasks/ that an estimated 1.56 billion face masks will have entered our oceans in 2020. Creating an additional 4,680 to 6,240 metric tonnes of marine plastic pollution. The report used a global production estimate of 52 bi