Solid Waste Management

The pandemic brings unforeseen challenges regarding safe collection, segregation, transportation, treatment and disposal of solid waste, which is being generated from quarantined households, quarantine and isolation centres, sample collection centres, healthcare facilities and hospitals.

The Central Pollution Control Board has released guidelines to be followed by all the stakeholders including isolation wards, quarantine centres, sample collection centres, laboratories, ULBs and common biomedical waste treatment and disposal facilities. This is in addition to pre-existing practices under Bio-medical Waste Management Rules, 2016. Specific provisions have also been incorporated for states not having Common Biomedical Waste Treatment Facilities and for allowing hazardous waste incinerators to dispose COVID-19 related waste. The guidelines also state the responsibilities of persons operating quarantine camps or home care facilities, the State pollution Control Boards and ULBs.

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India (GoI) has also prepared an instruction note for steps to protect sanitation workers. The instructions may be issued to all municipal bodies for taking an immediate action on safe disposal of waste from quarantined households, focusing on collection, treatment and disposal of domestic hazardous waste and protective gear for sanitary workers, etc., and sanitary workers’ livelihoods.

Government Advisories and Guidelines

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1 Guidelines for Handling, Treatment and Disposal of Waste Generated during Treatment/Diagnosis/ Quarantine of COVID-19 Patients Management of SW from isolation facilities, labs and hospitals and role of the stakeholders; Responsibilities of persons operating Quarantine Camps/Homes or Home-Care facilities; Duties of Common Biomedical Waste Treatment Facility (CBWTF); Duties of SPCBs/PCCs; Duties of Urban Local Bodies English National Guideline CPCB, MoEFCC, GoI 3
2 Instructions for safe disposal of waste from quarantined households Safe disposal of waste from quarantined households; Sanitary workers’ attendance English National Guideline MoHUA, GoI 1

Practitioners Resources

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1 Safe disposal of Solid Waste collected from quarantined family Safely disposal of SW Personal safety and hygiene English Advocacy and Communication CSE, Delhi 2
2 Safe disposal of Solid Waste collected from quarantined family Safely disposal of SW Personal safety and hygiene HIndi Advocacy and Communication CSE, Delhi 1
3 Safe disposal of Solid Waste collected from quarantined family Safely disposal of SW Personal safety and hygiene Urdu Advocacy and Communication CSE, Delhi 1
4 Poster on Safe disposal of waste from quarantined households How to safely dispose the waste from every quarantined household English Advocacy and Communication NIUA 3
5 Poster on Safe disposal of waste from quarantined households How to safely dispose the waste from every quarantined household Hindi Advocacy and Communication NIUA 3