Waste Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic

From Response to Recovery

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The report reviews the existing practices of healthcare waste management under the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and to identify best available or appropriate waste management practices that are operationally and technically in line with local conditions. The report considers various approaches, identifies best practices and technologies, and provides recommendations for policy-makers and practitioners to improve waste management during the COVID-19. Drawing insight from numerous consultations, the report gives particular attention to developing countries and cities, which may already lack adequate waste management.



Statistics, policy and regulatory aspects in managing healthcare waste under COIVID-19

According to the WHO guideline reports (WHO, 2014; WHO, 2017), healthcare waste includes all the waste generated within health-care facilities, research centers and laboratories related to medical procedures. It also includes the healthcare waste generated at homes (e.g. home dialysis, self-administration of insulin, recuperative care). The healthcare waste can be categorized into eight major groups, including both hazardous and non-hazardous components, as shown in Figure 2.


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