How to recycle your used PPE

Single-use PPE falls currently under ‘non-recyclable waste’ in traditional recycling centres and until now there hasn’t been an easy option for safely disposing used PPE.

Recycling company, Terracycle, have created an innovative system that means one-time use face masks and disposable gloves can be recycled.

With Terracycle’s Zero Waste Box system, customers pay a small fee for a box to where they can dispose of their single-use PPE. Once filled, this box can be sent back to Terracycle to sort and recycle.

One sorted, the collected PPE is grouped and cleaned before being melted into pellets which are distributed to third parties who make new products using them. Examples of the products made include bins, watering cans and storage containers.

Find out more about the Zero Waste Box system.

2 thoughts on “How to recycle your used PPE

    • Hi Jane, thank you for your comment. Yes, using reusable masks is encouraged for professional therapists as stated in our guidance at fht.org.uk/coronavirus. However, we deemed this advice useful for those choosing to use disposable face masks or gloves in their personal life or for people using them as well as reusable PPE around their practice, perhaps providing them to clients, for example. Kind Regards, the FHT team.

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