Everything To Know About Recycling Of PPE Waste On The Cards

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : February 16, 2022

There has been news regarding the massive landfills that are being caused by PPE kits and their disposal. The government is of the opinion that the waste can instead be converted into curtains and bedsheets. This is what the government plans to do, to save the wastes from polluting the environment. The health minister is of the opinion that the waste can be put to good use instead.

Everything To Know About Recycling Of PPE Waste On The Cards

In the last year alone, around eight million tonnes of plastic waste related to the pandemic had been generated. This comes at a time when the governments of several nations are trying to control the plastic pollution scenario. As many as 25,000 tonnes were found in the marine environment as well.

Everything To Know About Recycling Of PPE Waste On The Cards

Currently, the government is also thinking of using up all the Covid test kits for recycling purposes. The government has faced a lot of flak recently over the use of certain medical equipment that remains unused. It is also adding to the massive amount of medical waste.

The current health minister of the UK, Edward Argar, has shown a lot of concern for the massive amount of plastic waste that has been generated. The other ministers are also questioning the government about the next course of action, owing to the huge amount of waste.

The government is also of the idea to use Type IIR which is medical grade masks, in hospital settings, as that is where the maximum amount of waste is generated. The state is also of the idea to utilize multiple-use masks and kits that can be laundered. It seems to be a good idea, seeing the current scenario.  

There could be several possibilities. Waste can be transformed into bedsheets and curtains. Mattress covers can also be made from the same. The government has also planned to reuse any visors to make plastic containers that can be used in hospitals to store food. The visor or reusable eye protection is one of the prerequisites for the purpose. The NHS is exploring various alternatives to create test devices that are biodegradable.

In recent times, Nanjing University has conducted several research works and tests and has also published the results in journals. The plan has been welcomed from various quarters. For the uninitiated, plastic waste has proved to be a global hazard.

The increase in single-use kits has further increased the incidence of the increase in plastic pollution the world over. The pandemic apart from hampering livelihood, and causing a large number of deaths, has impacted the environment as well.

The plastic waste resulting from the pandemic is also choking the oceans. The result will be disheartening for the government all over, trying to stop and remove pollution. This is a cause for serious concern as the pandemic has already revealed various loopholes in medical administration and the way the states are handling the emergency.

The Arctic Ocean seems to be the final point of gathering for all the waste materials. The plastics settle on the beaches and seafloor elsewhere. The medical waste generated in the last 25 months seems to be much higher than what was normally generated before 2020.

Many of the hospitals are also struggling with waste management, and it seems to increase the probability of more landfills. A circumpolar plastic accumulation area will be formed by the year 2025 in the poles, as suggested by reports from Nanjing University.

Global public awareness is the way to go from now onwards so that more plastic pollution from PPE kits and medical wastes can be stopped on the tracks. That is what hospitals are being trained to do, as well.

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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