Originally posted on August 11, 2022
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UBC student initiative set to recycle nearly 50,000 gloves
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A UBC student’s project to combat plastic waste has collected roughly 48,700 gloves, diverting 146.1 kilograms of waste from landfills this year.
Melody Salehzadeh, a doctoral student in the department of zoology, first noticed just how much plastic waste her work created during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to restrictions, custodial staff weren’t able to enter her lab in the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH) as frequently as usual. Single-use nitrile and latex gloves were piling up in the rubbish.
“I knew it was possible to recycle the gloves, it was just a matter of someone putting in the effort,” Salehzadeh says.