According to a global marine conservation report, one of the biggest impacts of the pandemic is the increase in PPE waste. This is affecting fisheries, tourism, and maritime transport in particular. The improper waste management of these materials leads to maritime pollution—a concern for public health, most especially to seafarers.
But even though sea workers are at higher risk, the responsibility in preserving marine life is not theirs alone. So, aside from the help of marine insurance to protect shipments and cargos from navigational peril, we should manage our COVID-19 waste disposal to provide a safer marine life for everyone.
You can do your part today by managing your COVID-19 waste with these steps:
To limit their contamination risks, non-reusable PPEs at home should be stored separately from other waste. For the sake of the waste collectors, face masks must be folded at least twice or rolled inwards and tied with the earloops to contain its droplets. It is also advisable to utilize a different plastic bag for your disposable masks, shields, gloves, and the like. Secure these bags and dispose of them well, alongside your general trash.
Color coding and labelling
Most hospitals and clinics carefully label their critical items with warnings as a general policy or protocol. You could imitate this practice, and help minimize risk and confusion for people handling your trash. For a more visual-friendly instruction, add labels and opt for a different color for the plastic bag with COVID-19 waste. These efforts could decrease the chances of your trash being mixed up, and carelessly dumped into bodies of water later on.
Cleaning of garbage bins
Do not forget to disinfect and clean the inner and outer surfaces of your garbage bins regularly. This precaution would especially safeguard children or pets from any residual harmful substances. To make this less of a burden, you could provide separate bins for PPEs instead, preferably located out of reach from more vulnerable residents. Segregation of increasing trash would be more beneficial now more than ever.
These careful efforts can collectively save more lives both on land and water than you would expect. Manage more risks today by looking into a relevant and extensive coverage for you and your loved ones with Malayan insurance.