- Used face masks were recycled into seedling bags
Polic eLieutenant Colonel Ellen V. Avanzado disinfected and recycled the masks to help reduce the waste pollution brought by the COVID-19 pandemic
- According to her, the polypropylene material of face masks is safe for food and plant growing
Discarded face masks were recycled and turned into seedling bags.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many environmentalists have already called for a more responsible use of disposable face masks. Many suggested the use of cloth masks since the disposable ones have contributed greatly to the world’s waste pollution.
Polic e Lieutenant Colonel Ellen V. Avanzado, a Forensic Chemist & Provincial Chief of Bukidnon Provincial Cri me Laboratory came up with an ingenious way to reuse and recycle discarded face masks. She turned discarded face masks into useful seedling bags. Many “plantitas” and plant enthusiasts can definitely give this idea a try.
PLTCOL. Avanzado said she feared that garbage collectors would be exposed to infectious waste so she decided to disinfect and recycle the face masks. “Wala pong nagco-collect ng infectious waste dito sa amin and I thought na rather than i-expose ko ‘yung garbage collectors, better siguro na i-disinfect ko na lang ung masks ko at i-recycle,” she said.
According to her, the polypropylene material of face masks is safe for food and plant growing, which makes it perfect as a seedling bag. Avanzado’s friend, who is a doctor, advised her to disinfect the masks first before recycling it.
Avanzado said this idea came to mind because she is an advocate of waste management.
“I have always been an advocate of waste management, as the days dragged by na may COVID-19 pa rin, I was looking at the number of face masks na nagagamit ko,” she said.