UCL News


Disposable face masks could create mountain of contaminated waste

14 July 2020

Professor Mark Miodownik (UCL Mechanical Engineering) explains how if people in the UK used a single-use mask each day for a year, it would not only create up to 66,000 tonnes of contaminated waste, but people handling the waste would also face a high risk of infection.

Read: GuardianYahoo! News, Mail OnlineMSN News, New Scientist (£), Huffington PostMirrorListen: BBC Radio 4’s ‘You and Yours’ (from 14 mins 43 secs)More: BBC Radio 5’s ‘5 Live Breakfast Show’ (from 2 hours 53 mins 36 secs)BBC Radio 5's 'The Emma Barnett Show with Clare McDonnell' (from 2 hours 31 minutes and 30 seconds)