In 2021 I’m answering a list of weekly journal questions. Read about it here.
What I learned from…
…an Australian study, is that single-use face masks might be able to be turned into roads. How cool is that!
Recycling single-use face masks isn’t something I have ever thought about before, but with our new covid life, the use of these masks has increased multi-fold. I can only imagine how much extra landfill they are creating.
A study from RMIT University in Melbourne found that 3 million masks, when recycled, can be used to build a 1 kilometre (or 0.62 miles) double-lane road by adding shredded mask to processed building rubble. That would stop 93 tonnes (102.5 ton) of masks going to landfill.
Even better, researchers found the use of the shredded masks added stiffness and strength, plus still met engineering standards. Using construction waste helps sort out another environmental problem.
Do you know of any other uses for old single-use face masks?