The impact of COVID-19 is transforming the way we live, from one day to the next. While national and local interventions are largely focused on protecting lives and economies,
management of hazardous waste is also essential to minimize long-term risks to human and environmental health.
A new publication – Waste Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic: from response to recovery – reviews current practices for managing waste from healthcare facilities, households and quarantine locations
accommodating people with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. Jointly produced by the International
Environmental Technology Centre of UNEP and the Institute for
Global Environmental Strategies , the report considers various approaches, identifies best practices and
technologies, and provides recommendations for policy-makers and practitioners to improve waste management, over the long term.
Drawing insight from numerous consultations, the report gives particular attention to developing countries
and cities, which may already lack adequate waste management. Cognizant of local conditions, practices
that are operationally and technically plausible are identified and recommendations include ways to adapt
existing protocols and practices, at both emergency and recovery stages.