NEW YORK - A new type of littering has emerged during the pandemic as more people wear protective gear.

Instead of throwing out masks and gloves in the trash, many are throwing them on the ground.

Parking lots throughout the 5 boroughs are littered with them, especially at grocery stores where many are wearing gloves as they shop. 

These items left out in the open could be contaminated. 

The Department of Sanitation says gloves and masks can be placed in your trash in securely tied bags.

It's urging you to call 311 if you see used materials littered in public spaces.