COVID-19 Waste Management Factsheets (UN Environment Programme, June 19, 6p).
Masks, gloves, gowns, and other protective equipment produced by hospitals, healthcare facilities, and individuals can be infected with the virus, leading to public health risks. Nine 1-2p Factsheets are available.
- Introduction to COVID-10 Waste Management (covering short-term and long-term response);
- National Medical Waste Capacity Assessment (to help countries assess the quantities of infected waste and technologies to treat it);
- How to Choose Your Waste Management Technology (best environmental practices and available technology, using the UNEP Sustainability Assessment of Technologies);
- Policy and Legislation Linked to COVID-19 Pandemics (to help countries have a stable legal and institutional basis for response);
- Links to Circularity: Non-Healthcare Waste (household and personal health products that may impact soil, rivers, oceans, biodiversity, and human health;
- Linkages of Air Quality and COVID-19 (unsound practices such as open burning);
- Household Medical Waste Management (in the developing world, growing numbers of cases will have to self-medicate at home; proper management will become key to further spread);
- Disaster and Conflict (on safe, efficient, and appropriate solutions for managing contaminated wastes in refugee camps and informal settlements);
- COVID-19, Wastewater, and Sanitation (raw sewage and partly-treated wastewater can potentially spread COVID faster; discarded medical products bring additional challenges).