Plastic waste and medical waste are two waste management streams that have become a daunting task across the world, and especially in low- and middle-income countries in the Global South. Around 275 million tonnes (MT) of plastic waste is generated worldwide each year; of this, between eight and 11 MT ends up in the oceans, affecting human and marine ecosystems. Of all the plastics ever made, only 9% was recycled, 12% was incinerated, and the rest was either discarded, buried, or burned in the open air in the environment.
Plastic is also widely used in the healthcare sector, especially after the emergence of the covid-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that 15% of all waste generated in hospitals and health centers is of a hazardous nature and must be treated with the utmost care due to its infectious nature.
As a developing economy, Tanzania (like India) faces the daunting task of managing plastic and hospital waste, and needs to find sustainable and more efficient solutions and strategies.
The global program of the Center for Science and Environment (CSE) based in New Delhi (India) has largely focused on providing knowledge-based support to nations in Africa. As part of the ongoing partnership with the Government of Tanzania, CSE recognizes the need to adopt resource-efficient waste management regimes, based on which it has conceptualized this two-day online plastic waste training program and medical, aimed at municipal managers and civil servants in Tanzania.
and government officials from Tanzania. The objective of the course is to explain and help participants understand how medical waste (including covid-19 related waste) should be separated, handled and treated. It will also help participants translate the knowledge and information gained into action around plastic and hospital waste management issues, assess their environmental impacts and adopt sustainable solutions.
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Science and Environment Center,
Solid Waste Management Program
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