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Bangkok generates 16 tonnes of infectious waste per day


The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has collected a total of 547.93 tonnes of infectious wastes from April 1 to May 5.

The wastes were collected from state quarantine facilities, alternative state quarantine hotels, field hospitals and "hospitels" in the province, averaging about 16.12 tonnes per day on average.

“The BMA has hired Krungthep Thanakom Ltd to handle the disposal of infectious wastes through incineration at infectious waste management centres in On Nut and Nong Khaem districts,” said BMA permanent secretary Silapasuay Raweesangsoon. “Krungthep Thanakom is also responsible for disposal of used face masks that people separate from their general household wastes.”

Bangkok generates 16 tonnes of infectious waste per day

Silapasuay added that the BMA had instructed all waste collection staff to employ strict preventive measures to protect themselves against Covid-19.

“All staff must use tongs and wear appropriate protective gears while working. Most importantly, they must never touch the waste by hand directly,” she said.

“After working they need to clean their body properly to prevent infectious wastes spreading virus and other germs.”

Bangkok generates 16 tonnes of infectious waste per day

To tackle the increasing infectious wastes in the province amid the pandemic, the BMA has deployed another 1,000 biohazard garbage bins across the city for people to dispose of their used face masks and other medical waste separate from household garbage.

“The bins for used face masks will be coloured orange while the garbage bags for medical waste are red to indicate it needs to be disposed of properly,” said Silapasuay.

“Extra bins have been placed at district offices, health service centres, hospitals, city halls, schools, sport centres, youth centres, fire stations, public parks, markets and in front of shopping malls.”

Published : May 07, 2021

By : THE NATION