COVID-19: Guidelines and Policies on Waste Management

This Collection contains relevant guidelines and policies for the safe and environment conscious disposal of waste that accumulates due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The resources in this collection can be useful to individuals (those infected with COVID-19 and those who are not), healthcare institutions, organisations that deal with WASH and waste disposal, municipalities and governments.
Current guidance comes from leading global organizations: Asian Development Bank (ADB), Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable resource management (ARC+), European Commission, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Healthcare Without Harm Asia (HCWH), International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), Technical Working Group of the Basel Convention, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC), World Health Organisation (WHO).
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