One hundred and fifty of the home and garden retailer’s stores nationwide, including 14 across Yorkshire will have special collection bins for customers to safely drop off their used single use face masks, after shopping for essential items instore. Face masks are currently mandatory nationwide as the public takes steps to keep themselves and others safe while out in public during the pandemic.
Once full, these collection bins are then taken away by recycling specialists ReWorked, who together with Metrisk Ltd, Scan2Recycle and wilko are partnering to make the unique scheme – the first of its kind on the UK high street - possible.
Collected masks are shredded down into raw materials, which can be sustainably refashioned into products ranging from other safety materials for businesses, to building materials and even quality, durable public space furniture.
The Yorkshire stores are: Armley, Barnsley, Brighouse, Castleford, Crossgates, Crystal Peaks, Frenchgate, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds-Trinity, Parkgate Rotherham, Scarborough, Selby and Sheffield.
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