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Got face masks? Make a road!

What now!

Wondering what to do with those millions and millions of disposable face masks that people have been wearing during the pandemic — and then disposing of basically wherever they please?

Why not make a new road?

“The face masks have some amazing properties, including high tensile strengths and ductility,” Li explains. As a result, the masks “could provide higher strength and stiffness and more flexibility to the base and subbase of roads.” 

Click here for the complete article from ASCE Civil Engineering Magazine.

Photo Caption: Samples of building rubble, left, and the shredded face masks, right, used in the experiments. (Courtesy of RMIT University)