Mask recycling at Mohawk diverts over 260,000 masks from landfill

A mask recycling initiative at Mohawk College has ensured that over 260,000 discarded masks have been recycled. The initiative stems from a student suggestion, explained Mohawk manager of sustainability Allison Maxted, and the college launched the program last summer. Mohawk has placed boxes from Terracycle at campus exits for those on campus to put their disposable masks in. When the boxes are filled, they are sent to be recycled into items such as outdoor furniture or decking and playground resurfacing material. The college has spent $30K so far on the project and “currently [has] no plans to end the program,” though it will continue to assess the need going forward. CBC Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.