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A new campaign to encourage the nation to switch to reusable facemasks has been launched, as research for ACR+ member NLWA reveals that 102 million single-use facemasks are being disposed of each week in the UK. These masks end up being thrown away or littered, creating a huge new plastic pollution problem. The poll also found that nearly one in five people (18%) think that disposable masks should go in the recycling bin, which is resulting in increased contamination issues at recycling facilities. 

With 70% of those who wear disposable facemasks not realising that they are a single-use plastic, NLWA is encouraging people across the UK to switch to reusables and to help those who can least afford them in north London access a free reusable mask.


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