Waste Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 has had a serious impact on all parts of our society, and waste management is no exception. Waste management in developing countries is usually not operated in accordance with international standards, and so there have been additional difficulties with an increased amount of potentially infected waste which requires additional, careful handling and treatment processes.

International organizations and academic associations have already issued guidelines for infectious waste management. However, many of those guidelines target both developed and developing countries, and only a few guidelines are prepared specifically in response to the current condition of COVID-19 waste management in developing countries. The state of waste management in those countries differs from that in developed countries, and it is difficult to apply developed countries guidelines as they are. Particularly, developing countries lack capacity in terms of financial, technical, social, and institutional aspects.

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