Disposable face masks and surgical masks are not recyclable. Once used, put them in the rubbish bin.
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View EPA’s advice for safely disposing of waste.
The most environmentally-friendly option is a reusable cloth mask. Although, any mask is better than no mask.
You should always wash your reusable cloth mask after each time you use it.
Visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for information about face masks including:
Read the Department of Health and Human Services advice on face coverings.
The Department of Health and Human Services is distributing free reusable cloth masks to agencies that support vulnerable Victorians.
A reusable cloth mask should:
It’s good to have a few because they have to be washed after every use and must be completely dry before reuse.
If you have old clothing or left over material lying around your home, use it to make a reusable cloth mask.
View the Department of Health and Human Services guide to making a cloth mask.
There are plenty of brands that sell reusable cloth masks. We recommend buying from local and independent businesses that source materials sustainably.
View Ethical Clothing Australia’s list of ethical reusable cloth masks.