EARTH Thailand

Waste Possibly Infected With Covid-19 Becoming a Concern

Chiang Rai Times 20 April 2020

Thailand’s Environment Institute (TEI) is raising awareness over contaminated plastics and medical waste accumulating daily. The Institute estimates that the amount of used surgical masks nearly reaches 1 million pieces a day.

TEI president Wijarn Simachaya said the Covid-19 coronavirus disease not only harms public health it also raises the amount of waste surgical masks to 1.5-2 million pieces a day.

“The infectious waste must be handled properly; otherwise, they would spread the disease,” he said.

Surveys found that there were 150 tons of used surgical masks daily in Bangkok. Mr Wijarn asked people to separate used surgical masks from other waste. Put them into bins for hazardous waste so that officials can properly eliminate them with biomass combustion systems equipped with pollution treatment functions.

People should not burn the masks because that would cause health hazards and air pollution, Mr Wijarn said.

He also said that plastic was increasing from 1,500 tons to 6,300 tons a day or 2 million tons yearly because of soaring orders for food delivery services. Plastic waste in Bangkok alone rose to 1,500 tons a day, Mr Wijarn said. (TNA)