The World Health Organization estimates that 76 million plastic-based test masks, 1.6 million plastic-based safety goggles, and 89 million plastic-based surgical masks will be purchased each month globally.
FREMONT, CA: Weak waste management is one of the frontline threats to the atmosphere when it comes to man-made threats. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has increased waste production, posing new challenges in waste management, especially for medical and non-medical household waste.
Stay-at-home programs, lockdowns, and the need for precautionary measures have increased the consumption and output of things like gloves, masks, sanitizers, thermometers, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and food. Every household now produces more waste than it does in the past.
Efforts to reduce plastic waste have been hampered by the widespread use of disposable masks and gloves, panic purchasing, and home delivery of food products wrapped in single-use plastic. Similarly, the amount of plastic waste produced by medical facilities is at an alarming pace. The World Health Organization estimates that 76 million plastic-based test masks, 1.6 million plastic-based safety goggles, and 89 million plastic-based surgical masks will be purchased each month globally.
Overcoming the Problem
Current waste facilities must be improved both quantitatively and qualitatively to monitor the increased amount of medical and household waste output generated by COVID-19. These improvisations, however, should be accompanied by sufficient knowledge about how much waste is produced, where waste is generated most frequently, and what types of waste management facilities are available at various hotspots.
Furthermore, in order to meet these waste management problems, advanced technological know-how in processing, segregation, transportation, and storage should be implemented as soon as possible. As a result, sustainable waste management systems must be adapted to optimize the upkeep of existing waste management infrastructures or methods, as well as to the creation of new waste control facilities.
The productivity of the workers involved in the waste management process is a critical aspect that must not be ignored. This workforce is already overworked, and they will need to be familiar with the right tech-enabled resources, such as maintenance management software, to help them solve their organizational challenges and become more effective and efficient in their roles.