Macarthur residents are reminded to dispose of face masks correctly after an increase in face mask littering in the Camden area.
Wearing face masks was made compulsory for many indoor settings to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in January this year, and this has led to an increase in face mask littering reported at carparks, outside shopping centres, parks and streets.
Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli urged residents to dispose of face masks in the nearest garbage bin or alternatively buy a reusable mask to help the environment.
"Not only is face mask littering unsightly, it can also impact on the environment by smothering plants and animals," Cr Fedeli said.
"Dumping your face masks anywhere can actually increase the chance of spreading the disease as well.
"We have worked together very well as a community throughout the pandemic and it is not time to become complacent."
Cr Fedeli said residents could also consider purchasing reusable face masks which can easily be washed at home.
"If you are using disposable face masks, please remember to throw them in the closest garbage bin once you are finished using the face mask," she said.
"If there is not one around, simply take it home and put it straight in the bin."
For more information on face mask rules in NSW, visit: nsw.gov.au.