I use at least one surgical mask per day. It’s disposable, which means trash. There is a recycling option with the Terracycle company. You order a box for the woven disposable masks and N95s and their relatives. When it’s full, seal it up and ship it off. It includes a prepaid shipping label.
From their website:
- FIBERS: Fibers will be hydropulped to separate out wax or plastic coatings. The separated fiber will be recycled into new paper products, or composted if recycling is not possible. Any resulting plastics will be recycled into plastic polymers.
The small box system is $88. I would guess that most people would balk at the cost, but it’s a reminder that recycling is never free. The Terracycle company takes many items that can’t go into regular recycling programs. Explore the options here: https://www.terracycle.com/en-US