Fears over mask disposal

An estimated 1.8 billion face masks are being discarded nationwide each day, raising fears among medics of a further spread of Covid-19.

Fears over mask disposal
Learning Easy news Fears over mask disposal published : 29 Apr 2021 at 09:04 writer: Gary Boyle ORIGINAL SOURCE/WRITER: Post Reporters An estimated 1.8 billion face masks are being discarded nationwide each day, raising fears among medics of a further spread of Covid-19. The Department of Pollution Control (DPD) is in discussion with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and other provinces to encourage residents to follow correct disposal guidelines. The authorities have found an increasing number of used face masks being thrown away with normal household garbage , said the DPD. Discarded masks that are tainted with infection expose garbage collectors to a high risk of contracting Covid-19 and further spreading the disease. From June 1 to Dec 31 last year, 17.8 tonnes of face masks were collected from 2,690 locations nationwide, according to DPD figures. The DPD says the amount of discarded face masks is set to increase this year. If everyone in Thailand throws away one mask a day, the amount of monthly discarded masks will be more than 1.8 billion. Bangkok alone produces more than 20 tonnes of infected garbage a day, mostly masks picked up from hospitals treating Covid-19 patients, and field hospitals. The DPD suggested a special bin be used for masks. People should also fold the masks in half and tighten them with a string before dropping them into the bin . Every 3-4 days the masks should be gathered and placed inside a plastic bag with the opening tightened with string. Then the bag should be labelled as infected garbage . Vocabulary bin (noun) : a container that you put waste in - ถังขยะ discard : to get rid of something that you no longer want or need - ละทิ้ง, ทอดทิ้ง, ทิ้งไป disposal (noun) : getting rid of something, by selling it or throwing it away - การกำจัด expose (verb) : to be unprotected from something - สัมผัส garbage : waste food, paper, etc. that you throw away - ขยะ infected : having a disease transmitted from someone else - ซึ่งติดเชื้อ tainted : spoiled by an unpleasant quality or feature - เสื่อมเสีย, มัวหมอง Do you like the content of this article?