Turkey’s circular on disposing of surgical masks and gloves in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak is crucial but late, an environment expert has said.

Earlier this month, the Environment Ministry issued a 15-point circular explaining how waste should be collected.

It stated that citizens should place used masks and gloves in separate bags for 72 hours before disposing them to minimize health risks for waste collectors.

“We are now facing a situation where there is dense packaging waste mixed with garbage,” said Baran Bozoglu, head of Turkey’s Chamber of Environmental Engineers, noting that the use of masks has

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