'Snip the straps' off face masks as Great British September Clean launches

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Dumped face masks have become a new hazard to wildlife since the pandemic started and we've received reports of animals tangled in the ear straps of single-use masks since it became law for the public to wear them in shops. One such incident includes a gull who was found to have a face mask tightly round his legs in Chelmsford, Essex.

Despite the face mask causing swelling to his legs, the bird has now fully recovered - but it's just one example as to how dangerous face masks can be to animals.

This message comes as we back Keep Britain Tidy's Great British September Clean, which kicks off on 11 September and runs until 27 September.

Since lockdown started on 23 March, we've dealt with 938 incidents of animals caught in litter, including tin cans, elastic bands and plastic bottles.

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