Waste Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic From Response to Recovery

Makoto Tsukiji, Premakumara Jagath Dickella Gamaralalage, Isnanto Solihin Yugo Pratomo, Kazunobu Onogawa, Keith Alverson (UNEP IETC), Shunichi Honda (UNEP IETC), Daniel Ternald (UNEP IETC), Misato Dilley (UNEP IETC), Junko Fujioka (UNEP IETC)
United Nations Environment Programme
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COVID-19 creates additional challenges in waste management in developing countries. Inadequate and inappropriate handling of healthcare waste may have serious public health consequences and a significant impact on the environment.

This report provides practical information, suggestions, and guidelines on Healthcare Waste Management (HCWM) and Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM) given
the restrictions and limitations imposed by the ongoing pandemic, including lack of human resources, technologies, equipment, and funds.

This report builds on existing and adhoc information rapidly extracted from existing documents as well as responses to a national questionnaire survey, and introduces various practices including best available options for immediate consideration as well as those for sustainable healthcare waste management in the
future, with a focus on developing countries.

This publication was jointly produced by UNEP and CCET.