// Wilko to trial in-store recycling scheme for disposable face masks
// Collected masks will be shredded down into raw materials for use in other products
// The retailer said 150 of its stores will have special collection bins from April 1
Wilko will trial an in-store recycling scheme for disposable face masks in an effort to reuse them for various purposes from building materials to new furniture.
The retailer said 150 of its stores will have special collection bins from April 1 where customers can drop off used single use face masks.
Once full, the bins will be taken away by recycling specialist ReWorked.
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Wilko is also partnering with Metrisk and Scan2Recycle on the scheme.
“One of our core values is to show we care and, we understand the importance of climate change to our customers who expect us to take-action on their behalf and make better choices about caring for the environment,” Wilko chief executive Jerome Saint Marc said.
“That’s why we’re thrilled to have developed this scheme, which makes it super simple for shoppers to safely recycle a product which is often unavoidably discarded as a result of us all taking steps to protect the health of everyone around us.”
The retailer has pledged to reach Net Zero Carbon by 2040 by signing the BRC’s Climate Action Roadmap and has joined The UK Plastics Pact.