Pol.Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, revealed that the current COVID-19 outbreak situation had resulted in the increasing number of infectious waste, especially COVID-19-related medical wastes, including the used sanitary face masks collected and disposed from healthcare facilities providing treatment to COVID-19 patients, field hospitals, hospitels, and other isolation facilities such as houses, State Quarantine facilities, and alternative hotels for people who need to self-isolate. The increasing number of infectious waste is almost 20 tons per day. Therefore, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the BMA has assigned all 50 district offices to urgently publicize the importance of correct collection and disposal of the used sanitary face mask. All district offices must facilitate the people in disposing the used sanitary face mask by providing special waste bins for sanitary face masks (orange bins) together with red waste disposal bags for sanitary face masks at about 1,000 spots in public places.

The Governor of Bangkok also added that separation of the used sanitary face mask for disposal in the correct manner at the right place is part of the efforts in preventing the spread of COVID-19. The BMA therefore would like to request for kind cooperation from the public in correctly and properly disposing the used sanitary face masks and do not mix them with other domestic or general wastes in the households. The used sanitary face masks must be put in a plastic bag, tie the bag tightly, write or clearly label them “sanitary face masks”, and separate from other waste before giving to the district offices’ garbage truck or disposing them in the special waste bin for the used sanitary face masks (orange bins) provided at the designated spots. It is for the safety, health, and hygiene of the garbage collectors as well as the convenience in collecting and disposing waste based on sanitation guidelines.

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