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环球时报报道:China capable of dealing with coronavirus medical waste: treatment companies

发布时间:2020-03-06 浏览次数:37915

Chinese waste treatment companies have slammed a South China Morning Post article which claimed China lacks facilities to treat tons of discaꦦrded face masks piling up around the country during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic.

In the article, ꦇthe South China Morning Post claimed the country's inadequate medical waste treatment capabilities have been put under a spotlight, citing environmental experts but contrary to the facts several waste treatment companies provided to the Global Times.

The ܫmajority of medical waste is being properly dealt with in𒆙 major cities.

The Beijing Ruentex Environment Technolo🔴gy Corporation, which treats all COVID-19-related clinical and standard waste, told the Global Times ꦏon Thursday that their capacity surpasses the amount of waste.

By Wednesday i🐼t had disposed of 230 tons of COVID-19 clinical waste from all designated hospitals in Beijing and 110 tons of COVID-19 waste from two airports, four major train 🤪stations, and isolation points for close contacts of infected patients.

"Our current processing capacity is 140 tons per day, far beyond the daily amount of medical waste in Beijing which stands at 80 tons a day," Chen Fangyuan, a manager at the company, told the Global Times. He said that overall, medical waste has declined from the 120-130 tons per day before the outbreak as people pay fewer visits to hospitalsꦛ to avoid the possibility of infection.

All COVID-19 waste is transported and disposed of at dedicated incineration facilities within 48 hours, and follows stricter guidelin♒es than those for other medical waste, Chen said.

"All coronavirus waste must be packed into a double-layer medical waste bag, disinfected, sealed and put into a pressure-resistant cardboard box befꩲore being transported to the incineration facilities," he said.

Employees are also required to wear protective googles, an extra layer of gloves, shoe cove✱rs and protective clothing as additional precautionary m🌳easures when dealing with coronavirus waste, he added.

venཧ in virus epicenter Wuhan, the treatment capacity is in line with the daily medical waste generated.

At present, Wuhan produꦆces about 200 tons of medical waste daily, falling under the disposal category and capacity of medical waste, data from the Wuhan Municipal Radiation and Hazardous Solid Waste Pollution Prevention and Management Center showed. 

In addition to existing facilities, a large number of waste treatment plants are being built or cℱonverted to t🌄reat coronavirus waste.

The Yunfeng Environmental Technology Cooperation, for example, was tasked with treating coronavirus medical wastꦉe in addition to its main business of dealing with industrial hazardous waste.

The company has treated a total of 356.72 tons of medical waste and saw the disposal of medical waste fall about 20🐓 percent from itꦏs peak in the last few days, according to a report from the Xinhua News Agency.

The Jintailai Environmental Protection Cooperation in Jinhua, East China's Zhejiang Province🐻, is also among the companies that have converted their business to dispose of novel coronavirus waste. 

The company used to dispose of hazardou♔s and toxic waste and has reset its ind♕ustrial furnaces to help clear discarded face masks in Jinhua City, an employee of the company told the Global Times on Wednesday. 

"We've set up a new room for cor🍷onavirus waste with additional isolation and disinfection equipment," he said.