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The World Is Drowning In Used Face Masks. Should We Turn Them Into Fuel?

17 Aug , 2020  

North Central Ohio is no different than the rest of the world — we’re going through large quantities of face masks and other PPEs as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. We thought this an intriguing question that might have some local relevance — what to do with mountains of used facial coverings.

This story, by Joseph Winters of Grist, is posted here with permission. The original article can be found here.


Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began, medical first responders and health care workers have relied on plastic-based, single-use personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks and gowns to shield themselves from the coronavirus. The result has been a quickly growing mountain of plastic waste. More…

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