Boston Public Works crews find streets strewn with rubber gloves, masks

“Please be respectful of your neighbors and dispose of your trash properly."

The pandemic has led many to leave their houses outfitted with gloves and masks, but this precaution has also left streets littered with the protective gear, according to the Boston Public Works Department. 

As crews clean the city’s sidewalks, they’ve continued to find rubber gloves and masks discarded, lying soggy on the ground. In a tweet on Wednesday, officials called on Boston residents to help solve the issue. 

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“Please be respectful of your neighbors and dispose of your trash properly,” officials wrote in the tweet, “Don’t litter!”

Gloves and masks should be put in tightly tied trash bags instead, PWD Public Information Officer Christopher Coakley said in a statement on the growing problem. 

“The Public Works Department works hard each day to provide core city services in the City of Boston,” Coakley said. “At the direction of public health officials, we are urging residents to assist in our efforts by utilizing trash receptacles to dispose of their rubber gloves, facemasks, and any additional trash.”



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