CHR to gov’t: ‘Take care of wastes generated by COVID-19 pandemic’

Published January 14, 2022, 4:54 PM

by Czarina Nicole Ong Ki


Not only should the government take care of the spread of COVID-19, it must look after the proper management of wastes generated by the pandemic.

This was stressed by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) as “Zero Waste Month” is celebrated this January.

In its post on Twitter, CHR said that “Zero Waste Month” is aimed at eliminating toxic wastes by implementing practices that support proper waste management — particularly those that affect the health care system.

“Practicing zero waste is essential in taking care of our environment, which supports the enjoyment of our various rights,” the CHR said.

It pointed out that during this pandemic, countless face masks, face shields, test kits, and medicines have been used. It stressed that people should be mindful when throwing away used health items in order to ensure the safety of the community and waste workers.

At the same time, the CHR noticed that there has been a spike in plastic wastes given the need for people to rely on home deliveries. It tapped the government to be more proactive in dealing with plastic wastes.

“With the popularity of online shopping and the increase in the use of plastic packaging, we hope that the government promotes and implements policies that will address tremendous use of plastic and other similar practices that contribute to the degradation of the environment,” the CHR said.

“We can all practice sustainable systems and lifestyles that will help reduce wastes such as redesigning of processes and products; proper segregation; and, recycling that converts waste for valuable uses,” it added.