December 10, 2022

Residents are urged to follow the proper way of disposing used faced masks and shields for health and environmental protection against the Covid-19 and other illnesses.
General Services Officer Eugene Buyucan said used personal protection equipment (PPEs) are considered toxic wastes and therefore should not be discarded anywhere or mixed with other household garbage especially the recyclable ones to avoid contamination.
He said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources recommended color coding for receptacles to be used for PPE discards, particularly yellow colored containers or bags, to alert those handling the wastes.
Buyucan, however, said they can allow other colors of receptacles but these have to be properly labeled “PPEs” or “used face masks” to inform garbage collectors at once.
He said people should take to heart reminders on the proper disposal of these wastes because ignoring or neglecting these advisories might lead to compromising their own health or that of their own family members.
“It’s for our own good so please let us abide. Throw your wastes properly,” he said. – Aileen P. Refuerzo