Disposable mask waste: Effects of a newfound pollutant during the pandemic

This is a mask laying in the snow covered in ice, dirt and more almost blending in with their surroundings. (Louisa Reitzel/SUNY-ESF)

This photo essay was done to show that the pandemic has yet another side effect that we do not think about often or tend to overlook. Disposable masks litter the ground and pollute the world around us and nobody seems to care or realize that this is an issue that could easily be solved if we use reusable masks, or simply throw the disposable masks in the trash.

Disposable mask waste

 

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