Authorities have come up with a term that sounds at least halfway sane. They’re calling it “thermal reprocessing”. Four federal states now claim to have thermally reprocessed – or, in plain language, to have incinerated – a total of 17.25 million expired Corona masks.
Baden-Württemberg has destroyed 6.1 million masks, Saxony 5.5 million, North Rhine-Westphalia five million, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 656,000.
The Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) in Berlin has also “thermally recycled” masks in recent months. The number so far is “less than one million units”, a spokesperson said… The destroyed masks were purchased during the peak of the pandemic, and have exceeded their expiration date.
The federal and state governments are currently standing atop a billion-dollar mountain of masks. According to information provided by the Ministry of Health in September, there are a total of 3.7 billion masks in the federal inventory… The federal states have have an additional 180 million Corona masks at their disposal…