Written by Zulfick Farzan
12 Nov, 2020 | 2:29 pm
Colombo (News 1st); The Central Environment Authority released an interim guideline for the management of Solid Waste generated by households and places under self-quarantine considering the COVID-19 outbreak.
According to the statement, households must take maximum effort to minimize waste generation by limiting the excessive use of packaging materials, tools, utensils, and consumables to support waste management.
It noted waste and potentially contaminated items such as face masks, masks, gloves, handkerchiefs, tissues, sanitary pads, diapers, and other materials contaminated by body fluids should be collected in a leak-proof yellow color HDPE (minimum thickness of 25 microns or 100 gauge) or LDPE (minimum thickness of 55microns or 250 gauge) polythene bags.
If a yellow bag is not available, a yellow color plastic strip or a piece of cloth must be attached or tied enabling identification of the special waste bag from a distance.
The CEA stressed, all waste containers/bags should be kept in a secure place outside the reach of children and animals until discharge or disposal.
The CEA said the interim guidelines are prepared in line with the current solid waste management policy, regulation, and standards by provisions that have been made to accommodate the specific needs of the health emergency situation prevailing at present.
It added the local authority will be in charge of the execution of operations, said the CEA adding the guideline shall be practiced by every local authority until further notice.
Access Full Statement in English Here (Accompanies by CEA cover)
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