During the COVID – 19 pandemic, one of the measures adopted and implemented by both government and private organizations in a bid to prevent and control the spread of disease is to allow their employees to “Work from Home (WFH)”. Information and communications technology and electronic means were used to fulfil employees’ essential responsibilities while remaining at home. It aimed at reducing and restricting the number of movements of people which will minimize the risk, the spread of disease, and infection.

Work Form Home (WFH) has led to an increasing number of food delivery service orders. It has resulted in a growing number of plastic wastes, especially the single-use plastics such as plastic boxes for ready-to-eat meals, plastic spoons and forks, plastic cups, drinking straws, etc. Thus, in order to reduce plastic waste, the BMA requests for public cooperation in changing consumption behavior and refraining from using single-use plastic and foam containers. It is recommended to choose containers or packaging made from natural materials. Organizationally, the BMA has mounted a campaign to encourage its personnel and shops at the organization to reduce the use of plastic containers and promote the use of personal dishes, bowls, and glasses. The BMA affiliated hospitals stop providing patients with plastic bags for take-home medication. Moreover, the BMA has declared its intent to be “a leading organization in environment conservation, committed to reduce the use of plastic and foam by making all agencies under the BMA the plastic and foam free zones” since January 1, 2021 in order to reduce, refrain from, and stop the use of single-use plastic bags.

Although using food delivery services, everyone can help reduce quantity of wastes and plastic waste by informing the shops/restaurants or delivery persons not to bring drinking straws and plastic spoons and forks. Otherwise, it is recommended to choose containers or packaging made from natural materials which will drastically help reduce these types of plastic wastes or to cook at home. Moreover, wastes must be separated into different types. This can also help reduce wastes because some materials can be reused or recycled such as paper, glass bottles, clear plastics, opaque plastics, electronic waste, food waste which can be composted and used as organic fertilizer at home, and infectious waste. At any rate, sanitary face mask that everyone uses daily is considered infectious wastes. It must be separated before disposing and clearly labelled as “sanitary face masks” so that it will be easy for collecting and disposing correctly which will prevent the spread of disease.


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