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Heather Berthelette believes that if more people saw how many masks and how much personal protective equipment (PPE) was piling up in local landfills, they would be shocked.
“It is very troubling and most people don’t even realize how bad it has become,” Berthelette, the CEO of Spirit Healthcare Group (SHG) said. “There is yards and yards of this plastic, and our landfills are full of it.
“Even before the pandemic, the amount of PPE that hospitals and health centres were using and discarding was huge and it’s just been made worse by the pandemic. An operating room is covered in plastic, with things like masks, and gowns and shoe coverings.
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