Every month, around 129 billion disposable masks are used around the world. Large enterprises and independent researchers alike are now trying to come up with ways to recycle them and put them to their best possible use as an innovation.
Here are the current plans and execution of the COVID-19 Mask Recycling.
Research Taken Up For Recycling Masks
Australian researchers plan to turn single-use Covid masks into road material. Their research showed that using recycled face mask fibre to construct only one kilometer of the two-lane road will consume approximately 3 million masks, sparing 93 tonnes of waste from being disposed of in landfills.
A group of researchers from India’s University of Petroleum and Energy Studies analysed the composition of masks, gloves, and other items to discover that they may be broken down into bio fuel at extreme temperatures.
As per a January parliamentary report, 40,000 tonnes of masks were discarded in France last year with no opportunity for recycling. Scholars have sat together to focus on this issue. This led to various strategies being formulated to combat mask pollution.