Discarded facemasks are rubbish

Luna and Rosy Martin collecting litter from Oban beach

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Mum Luna Martin and her two-year-old daughter Rosy are urging people to bin disposable facemasks responsibly or take them home.

Luna and Rosy go on weekly waste-busting walks around the town and have noticed a massive increase in facemasks littering the shore and streets.

‘I wanted to highlight the importance of disposing of your facemask properly and the damage not doing this can have on our wildlife.

‘A facemask can take 450 years to decompose and will eventually break down and turn into micro plastics which will enter our rivers and oceans,’ said Luna.

While Luna picks the litter, little Rosy helps by pointing it out.

‘It’s going to be her beach and her future so that’s why we go out litter picking. I know some of the rubbish might blow out of bins or be picked out by seagulls but sadly some of it is because people just don’t care. We hope our message will help people to bin their used facemasks carefully or just take them home.’


Caption: Luna and Rosy Martin collecting litter from Oban beach.