How to recycle masks?

The use of masks has become the new normal after the pandemic that we began to suffer in 2020. Both scientists and experts recommend their use as it is the best barrier to increase interpersonal infections.

Although it is not the only option, since we have other measures, so far it has proven to be the most effective of all.

But not all is good news with this great solution, since they can become polluting if they are not disposed of properly.

how to recycle masks

How can we recycle masks effectively?

First of all, we have to take into account that this could be a potential contaminating agent from Covid or other viruses.

Today many professionals and institutions have spoken about this, such as the WHO. But so far it does not seem that there is a common point in this regard, there are many opinions on how the masks could be recycled.

Basic recommendations for recycling masks

Some of the recommendations that we have found in Bejar Masks for the efficient treatment of these are:

  • Leave them in safe places for at least 24 hours before throwing them awayAs we mentioned before, there is the possibility that traces or droplets containing the virus may be found in these, so we recommend discarding them in a bag or bucket separate from the rest of the garbage to avoid contagion.
  • WHO recommends throw them directly into the appropriate garbage can, that is, the one found on the street, to avoid contagion at home.
  • Moreover, It is recommended that before throwing them away, cut the elastic bands that hold the mask. In this way, it is prevented that another person can take it, do not use it and thus reduce the chances of infection.
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  • Remove them using the elastic bands and not the surface that covers the mouth since in the event that it has acted as a shield you could become infected like this.
  • In addition, cutting the rubber bands also helps the marine fauna.
  • Putting our masks in a plastic bag also helps prevent infections.

WHO recommendations for recycling masks:

  • What consequences does polypropylene have for masks?

Propylene is a plastic that takes more than 400 years to break down. It is very important that we are aware of this and deposit them in the appropriate container.

  • What does the WHO recommend doing with masks?

It is not appropriate to deposit them in the recyclable waste container since it could infect waste managers, they must be disposed of protected in a bag.

  • What are the other options for recycling them?

Use the sanitary waste containers and always remember to throw them in the waste container and not in the plastic one.

how to recycle masks

All experts recognize that today a lot of waste is being generated but the most important thing is to stop the spread of this pandemic. From Bejar we want you to protect yours, do not forget to comply with all the safety regulations and recommendations of the professionals. 

Find in Béjar Masks the packs we have for adults, families and companies, as well as custom business reusable masks. The only company in Spain that gives you this option. And we also have designer prints with exclusive models for Béjar Masks: you will be fascinated.

Remember that our products have the CE marking and comply with the UNE standards. Remember the correct use of masks from the nose to the chins, correctly covering your nose and mouth. Our types of FFP2 and type IIR masks have great respiratory protection with effective bacterial filtration against infectious agents

We supply orders to the entire peninsula and the Balearic Islands. Order your masks for children or adults now. Contact for any questions on our website or in the mail