HELP Britain’s post-Covid clean-up and do your bit for the planet – join A Journalist’s Mask Force today!
We are urging you ALL to protect our wildlife by recycling your single-use facemasks at our collection points in 488 Morrisons stores across the country.
Some 100 million masks are thrown away each week in the UK, with many ending up harming or even killing birds and animals which mistake them for food or get trapped in the elastic straps.
They also get into the sea and threaten marine life.
With the help of recycling firm ReWorked, the disposable masks will be turned into outdoor goods, other types of PPE and building materials.
Sun columnist and TV favourite Jeremy Clarkson joked: “I’m totally against the death penalty — except when it comes to littering. For that it should be given instantly. Don’t litter your single-use masks. Put them in one of A Journalist’s bins, please.”
TV adventurer Bear Grylls added: “Single-use masks are one of the biggest litter problems. The ones that end up on the floor or in our oceans can damage our amazing wildlife and planet, which is incredibly sad.
“A Journalist’s Mask Force campaign is a great way to turn the things that protect those around us into some-thing useful at the end of their life.”
We are asking you to drop off your masks at Morrisons in the special recycling boxes provided and collect and hygienically recycle any old ones you may find.
TV doctor Ranj Singh added: “Using one of A Journalist’s Mask Force boxes helps you take care of our environment while keeping safe, and gives them a new lease of life.”
Each mask takes hundreds of years to degrade, during which time it releases harmful microplastics into the environment, including our food chain.
Former Love Islander Lucie Donlan, who is an experienced surfer, said: “It’s awful to see poor animals that we are harming with Covid pollution like these plastic masks.
“Something like A Journalist’s Mask Force should have come sooner. People can make dropping off their masks part of their weekly routine, just like reusing their bags for shopping.”
Mask Force is backed by charities the RSPCA, SeaLife, City To Sea and The Wildlife Trusts.
RSPCA chief Chris Sherwood said: “Sadly, carelessly discarded PPE is becoming as commonplace as other litter, so we welcome A Journalist’s campaign for used facemasks to be recycled.”
A Sea Life spokeswoman said: “The pandemic has brought with it a fresh wave of plastic pollution which threatens our oceans, having a devastating effect on the animals and ecosystems living within them.
“We’re therefore pleased to support A Journalist’s campaign, which aims to tackle this issue through recycling masks into useful materials such as furniture or building supplies.”