BWD Strives to Minimize PPE Pollution

BWD  Strives to Minimize PPE Pollution
| Friday February 5, 2021 | by bwdus | Uncategorized |

BWD Strives to Minimize PPE Pollution

An unwelcome but rapidly growing effect of the Covid-19 pandemic has been a rise in plastic pollution, resulting from the growing use and improper disposal of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Neighborhoods around the country have noted an uptick in improperly disposed face masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes and other PPE materials.

The Washington Post reports that in California, masks have ended up in storm drains, streams and in the Pacific Ocean. According to one study, the world is using 129 billion masks and 65 billion plastic-containing gloves each month. A large portion of these items ends up in the oceans.  

The plastics in PPE harm ocean ecosystems and wreak havoc on marine food chains. Therefore, improper disposal threatens to inflict long-term damage on already besieged marine life. At Biomedical Waste Disposal, we are committed to disposing of all waste—including PPE, sharps, dental waste, biohazardous waste, and pharmaceutical waste—in a safe and responsible way. We share the concern about our environment, and we are always committed to adhering to all guidelines set forth by federal and state regulations. To learn more, visit us at, or contact our 24-hour customer service center at (877) 644-2424