Solid Waste and Water Waste Management and Its Impact during COVID-19 Outbreak
Team Leader : Prof. Suzana Yusup
Team Members : Aqil Azizi, Ph.D, Elisabeth Rianawati Ph.D (Cand),, Soly Santoso, M.Sc
Intern : Muhammad Dimas Mahardika
Point of Contact : Dana Azhari
COVID-19 renders a significant impact on the Indonesia waste management system. Hospitals, healthcare facilities and individuals are producing more waste than usual, significant waste increase can be seen especially for protective equipment such as masks, gloves, gowns and other protective equipment that could be infected with the virus (UNEP, 2020). The presence of these used items, especially masks, in the community could raise health risk due to bacteria and viruses carried by the waste. To address this concern, special handling of medical waste is needed. For instance, the use of incinerator or pyrolysis for masks waste.
In Indonesia, one of the challenges in waste management is the viability and used of waste treatment amenities in healthcare facilities (WHO, 2020). One of the main problems that were highlighted by Ministry of Health during a webinar series, in collaboration with WHO and Ministry of Environment and Forestry, is that some hospitals do have an incinerator but don not have the license to operate it. Of a total 2.889 hospitals, only 82 hospitals that actually pose legal license (WHO, 2020). The waste management challenges are magnified because of the pandemic and thus in order to mitigate the adverse impact of the pandemic on the waste crisis an in-depth study in needed. Assessment on both technical and institutional contexts are expected to help Indonesia in preparing a better respond for current and future waste emergencies.
Last updated 27 September 2020
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