GREEN RECYCLING APPROACH TO PRODUCE HEAVY DUTY KIDS CHAIR FROM FACE MASK WASTE
The used of disposable surgical face mask during a pandemic generated a substantial waste flow to our environment. Surgical face mask waste creates big issues as it is made from polymer, non-degradable material and are being thrown away without proper recycling system. In this study, green recycling method of surgical face mask waste with different parts of the mask were done by using heat gun. The first composition is by using filter part of facemask. The second composition is by combining filter and ear loop component while the third composition combines filter and nose wire component. This paper discussed on the mechanical properties performance of all three compositions. Interestingly, combination of filter and ear loop component shows increase of IZOD impact and tensile strength by 15.9% and 46.7% respectively compared to composition of filter only. The improvement in impact and tensile strength could be attributed to good interaction between face
mask and ear loop material. The composition with best mechanical properties were then molded into heavy duty chair for repurpose usage.