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Dr Saeid Baroutian: There are short- and long-term environment impacts of PPE

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 20 Feb 2022, 11:53am
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Photo / AP

Dr Saeid Baroutian: There are short- and long-term environment impacts of PPE

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 20 Feb 2022, 11:53am

An innovative solution for the huge amounts of pandemic-generated waste has been developed at the University of Auckland. 

Hot pressurised water and compressed air is applied to non-recyclable PPE gear – with water and acetic acid being the end-products 

Doctor Saeid Baroutian says this could save tonnes of waste being dumped daily into landfills and oceans. 

“Not only do you discard masks and other PPE clothes and healthcare, but they also have a short and long-term social, environmental impact.” 

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