The COVID pandemic has produced a ‘staggering’ amount of waste. Where is it all going?

  • A discarded mask gets blown around the streets of Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. Rick Beauchesne—Seacoast Online

  • A Stericycle driver loads medical waste into a box truck. Stericycle is a leading provider of medical waste services in the U.S. —Courtesy

  • Stericycle is a leading provider of medical waste services in the U.S. Pictured above is the autoclave process, which renders waste non-infectious. Autoclaving uses high pressure steam and high temperatures, anywhere from 250 degrees Fahrenheit to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, to kill pathogens. This process disinfects the waste prior to final deposit in landfills —Courtesy of Stericycle

USA Today Network
Published: 4/8/2021 9:35:11 AM

The very materials protecting us from COVID-19 infection over the last year could ultimately cause long-term harm to public health and the planet.

Growing quietly in the background amid the chaos to respond to and contain the virus is the issue of medical waste – and its sheer volume – generated by the pandemic.

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