Discarded COVID-19 masks will become long term problem for our natural world

By Emily Price

The RSPCA is urging the public to snip the straps of used face masks after a picture was taken of a seagull in Essex, tangled in one.

Single use face masks designed to protect us from coronavirus are increasingly being found discarded on our streets and in beauty spots around the UK.

Gareth Pearson from Merthyr Tydfil volunteers as a litter picker in his local area. Gareth said: “Recently I’ve noticed used face masks on the floor everywhere. It made me so angry so I paid for my own litter picking grabber and started to dispose of the masks properly.”

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Photo courtesy of RSPCA

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