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EcoWaste Coalition calls against burning COVID-19 waste in incinerator and crematories

Environmental group EcoWaste Coalition on Tuesday has totally rejected the move that lawfully allows the burning of novel coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) healthcare waste in incinerators and crematories. The Quezon City-based group asked authorities to revoke an advisory that would allow the burning of healthcare waste.

In a letter to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) secretary Roy Cimatu and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) OIC-director William Cuñado, the group sought the immediate withdrawal of the “Advisory on Alternative Modes for the Disposal of Pathological and Infectious COVID-19 Healthcare Waste” issued by the EMB on March 26, which lists “thermal treatment by incineration” and “the use of crematorium,” among the methods permitted.

EcoWaste Coalition also strongly objected to the use of crematories for healthcare waste disposal stressing that “crematories are not designed and constructed to incinerate trash.”

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