LITTER Free Dorset has launched a new campaign to encourage the public to bin their disposable gloves during the coronavirus epidemic.
The campaign ‘Let’s Keep Dorset Beautiful – Bin The Beast!’ has been launched to address the increase in potentially contaminated disposable gloves that are now frequently ending up as litter on the nation’s streets and public spaces.
The new campaign reminds members of the public to act responsibly, ‘Stop The Drop’ and bin their disposable gloves.
Sophie Colley from Litter Free Dorset said: “Above all else right now we need to think of others. Littering is not only careless but spreading COVID-19.
“Not only is there a health and hygiene risk to members of the public if these discarded gloves are contaminated with COVID-19, but there is also an environmental impact – pollution.
“Most disposable gloves are made of either plastic or rubber polymers (synthetic and natural) which during manufacturing undergo different processes and are combined with additional chemicals to produce the finished product of a disposable glove.
“Once used and discarded, these can take years to decompose and breakdown adding to plastic pollution.
“This pollution detrimentally impacts how our streets and public spaces look, is damaging to wildlife and the environment, diverts and wastes COVID response time and resources into clearing up discarded gloves and other littered items.”
For more details of Litter Free Dorset’s campaigns, visit www.litterfreedorset.co.uk