Sonia Astudillo of HCWH-Asia for a healthy planet and healthy people. #Faceofclimate
Joyce Lanuza of HCWH-Asia for Earth Day 2013. #Faceofclimate
Ayeth Enrile of HCWH-Asia for Earth Day 2013. #Faceofclimate
Faye Ferrer of HCWH-Asia for Earth Day 2013. #Faceofclimate
Merci Ferrer of HCWH-Asia for Earth Day 2013. #Faceofclimate
Kris Evangelista of HCWH-Asia for Earth Day 2013. #Faceofclimate
HCWH-Asia for Earth Day 2013. We believe that a healthy planet and healthy people are two sides of one coin. #Faceofclimate
Investing in polluting waste disposal systems can cause long-term damage to both the environment, and the economy. Take, for example the 26 medical waste incinerators that were purchased by Philippines from Austria on a loan worth PHP 503,647,200. The machines were shut down by the DOH in 2003, but the country is still allocating roughly USD 2m a year to pay for the loan connected with the failed project. The last payment is due in 2014.
What we want in 2013 is to BURN NOT. It’s been established that incinerating medical waste produces large amounts of dioxins, mercury and other pollutants. These toxic substances mix with the air, where they can drift over thousands of miles.
Ash produced from incineration are equally toxic and contains a mixture of heavy metals and dioxins. Dioxins are cancer causing and cannot be removed for 6 generations. Dioxins also cause abnormalities in physical, sexual, immune, and mental development.
Waste is unavoidable. We need to provide options on how to manage refuse that inevitably gets produced by hospitals. Incineration used to be the technology of choice, but we've learned that this process produces dioxins.
As much as of the waste produced by healthcare facilities n’t are not hazardous. As long as the waste isn’t mixed with infectious or contaminated waste, much of it can be reused and recycled Recycling plastics, papers, and bottles can even produce income.
The Philippines has proven that it's possible to eliminate incineration altogether. In main cities, infectious waste is dealt with by centralized facilities running steam based technologies such as autoclaves or microwaves.