The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is encouraging citizens to properly dispose of single-use masks in order to prevent them from becoming pollutants.
Director of Environmental Management and Conservation at NEPA, Anthony McKenzie said NEPA is aware that improper disposal of these masks has become an environmental issue globally and the need to prevent it from becoming a major issue locally.
Environmentalists have advised that the correct way to dispose of used face masks is to place them in a covered garbage bin.
They should not be thrown on the ground. The ear loops should be cut before disposal.
Mr. McKenzie noted that the improper disposal of masks could result in them ending up in water bodies and along the coastline.