Covid-19 Second Wave may Surge from Careless Waste Disposal

Covid-19 Second Wave may Surge from Careless Waste Disposal

The improper disposal of hospital, laboratory and even household waste may trigger a resurgence of COVID-19 in the country, Senator Imee Marcos said.

“Cases of infection seem to have gone down, but COVID-19 might blindside the government if it underestimates the importance of proper waste disposal,” Imee Marcos warned.

An increase in infectious waste from testing labs and hospitals is expected to follow wider mass testing and the lifting of community quarantines which have seen a new wave of cases in other countries.

Marcos urged the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) not to overlook guidelines and compliance measures for the proper disposal of contaminated lab and hospital supplies such as used test kits, syringes, and personal protective equipment (PPE) like face masks, gloves, gowns, and shoe covers.

“The points of discard also include households because people use and throw away face masks, so the IATF guidelines must cover the general public to the municipal or city level, from segregation to final waste disposal,” Imee Marcos said.

City ordinances regulating plastic use may have to be modified, Marcos added, if a new classification for COVID-related waste is adopted and their double-bagging prescribed, as in other countries.

Marcos also called on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to strictly enforce the Clean Air Act’s ban on incineration, citing a World Health Organization report that developing countries still burn medical waste using poor-quality incinerators without pollution control.

The high plastic content and additives used to make PPE more repellent make them notorious for the amount of toxic dioxin that they produce when burned.

Marcos also alerted the government to the possible entry of hazardous waste related to COVID-19 from other countries, repeating her call in Senate Bill 408 for a total ban on waste imports.

At least three companies being run by foreigners in Subic and Cagayan de Oro in 2019 were importing waste “under the guise of recycling” and should be investigated, Marcos said.

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