Spring Cleaning in the COVID-19 Era Means Picking Up Lots of PPE

WDET Detroit’s NPR Station
April 20, 2021
By Laura Herberg

Phyliss Macuga Baker stands in a field next to a shopping center in Canton holding a trash bag and scanning the area. There are drink bottles, cigarettes, plastic bags and plenty of personal protective equipment lying in the grass.

“People that are very conscious of COVID-19 and they want to take care of their sanitary needs drop all of their wipey-dipes and their masks in here. And so I’ve probably picked up 25 masks already, probably two or three rolls of wipey-dipes,” says Macuga Baker, who calls sanitary wipes “wipey-dipes.” “And it’s very sad. I’ve lived in the community for 28 years and I’ve never seen it like this.”

Read more and listen to the full story featuring Helen Lowman, PhD, Keep America Beautiful President and CEO here.