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    Why we need to plan for the growing contaminated waste problem

    Jun 24, 2020 18:13 IST

    As our struggle with the coronavirus pandemic goes on, experts warn there is another medical crisis waiting for us on the other side. The mountain of contaminated waste is growing at unprecedented levels. According to China's Environment Ministry, the outbreak's epicentre Wuhan generated 240 tons of medical waste in a day at the peak of the pandemic. The Asian Development Bank estimated that Jakarta generated 212 tons a day and Manila created an additional 280 tons of medical refuse in a day. There has been a surge in the demand of single-use products like gloves, masks and test kits undoing years of efforts in reducing such waste. Experts say the mountain is still growing and while incineration is an emergency solution to tackle the waste, we must be mindful of the air quality and public health consequences of the same.

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