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Face masks lead to recycling weighing 12 times as a heavy as a hippo being rejected in Cambridgeshire since July

Residents across Cambridgeshire are being urged to think about their rubbish recycling after it was revealed nearly 55 tonnes have been rejected because of mis-binned face masks and other PPE waste.

In fact since July 1, 12 recycling loads totalling 54.95 tonnes have been rejected across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area.

This contributed to the batches of recycling not being able to be re-reprocessed. All of this material is over seven and a half times the weight of an African elephant and over 12 times as heavy as a hippopotamus. This is recycling that would have otherwise gone on to become something else.

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