Wilko extends mask recycling scheme in Hucknall and Bulwell

An instore scheme to help Wilko customers recycle their masks has proved so successful that the home and garden retailer will extend it by another three months.

Friday, 6th August 2021, 3:06 pm

The scheme, which allows shoppers to drop off used, disposable face masks so that they can be recycled will now be in place until the end of September 2021.

This extension follows an initial three month pilot and will see the service remain in place at the original 150 participating stores, including Hucknall and Bulwell.

Wilko estimates that a huge 400,000 masks could be recycled via the scheme.

People can continue to recycle their face masks at Wilkos stores in Hucknall and Bulwell

This equates to a giant 966 kilograms of single-use plastic.

Those wishing to take part need to simply visit their nearest, participating Wilko store as part of their usual shopping trip and safely drop their used single use face masks into the special collection bin.

Once full, these bins are then taken away by recycling specialists ReWorked, who together with Metrisk Ltd, Scan2Recycle are partnering with Wilko in the scheme – which was the first of its kind on the UK high street.

Masks collected via the scheme are broken down into raw fibres which can be sustainably refashioned into products ranging from other safety materials for businesses, to building materials and even furniture.

While masks are no longer a legal requirement, wilko is still recommending face coverings for team members and customers in busy indoor spaces. The family retailer seeks to respect individual choices while providing a sustainable solution to single-use mask disposal.

The Covid-19 crisis overall has seen a huge increase in the use of disposable face masks.

While the Government has encouraged Brits to dispose of face masks via general waste bins, there has been an ever-increasing volume of PPE being discarded in public spaces.

Jerome Saint Marc, Wilko chief executive, said: “We know that our customers care about the environment and this scheme has proved again to us just how much.

"We’re so delighted that it’s been this much of a success and that our customers and team members are helping to reduce litter in their communities, our partners are helping to recycle the waste and that we’re able to bring it all together in our stores.

"It’s a little win that truly makes a world of difference.”