Litter in the age of coronavirus: Discarded masks, gloves show up in Southern Illinois parking lots

Read the full story in the Southern Illinoisan.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended everyone wear cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Along with the homemade cloth face masks and bandannas, people are wearing disposable gloves and other disposable gear to protect themselves, but what happens to the disposable protective gear when it is no longer needed?

In some cases, that disposable gear is landing in local parking lots and on local sidewalks. Southern Illinoisans have posted complaints on Facebook about protective gear discarded in the parking lots of Schnuck’s Market in Carbondale and Dollar General in Elkville, among others.

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