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Bangkok places biohazard bins throughout the city for used face masks



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To help combat the spread of Covid-19 in Bangkok where cases have soared past 10,000 over the past month, more biohazard garbage bins are being placed throughout the city to dispose of used face masks and other waste that could be contaminated with the virus.

Medical waste in Bangkok has increased to 20 tonnes per day since the start of the recent outbreak, leading city officials to deploy another 1,000 biohazard bins. Residents are told to separate used face masks from other garbage and place the masks in sealed plastic bags before throwing them away in the specified bins. Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang says the bright orange bins are for face masks.

“The bins for used face masks will be coloured in orange while the garbage bags for medical waste are red to indicate it needs to be disposed of properly… These bins will be placed at district offices, health service centres, hospitals, city halls, schools, sport centres, youth centres, fire stations, public parks, markets and in front of shopping malls.”

Wearing a face mask is now mandatory in Bangkok, along with more than 60 other provinces. Violators face a fine of up to 20,000 baht.

Since April 1, Bangkok has reported 10,899 Covid-19 infections, including 830 new infections reported today. Hospitals and intensive care units in the city have become overcrowded, leading to some patients with mild symptoms to be sent to field hospitals in neighbouring provinces.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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  1. ynwaps

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    That will help

  2. Steven

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    It would be nice if residents knew where the locations were. Or any recycling for that matter.

  3. TS

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    trash bins. tremendous progress! Now how ’bout some vaccine for the Thai non elites? You know, like the rest of the world has been doing for their citizens.

  4. Dreqo

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Meh, this continent contributes to over 70% of the global ocean pollution, may as well add some useless paper mask tonnage to it. No worries though, the west will foot the bill as usual.

  5. funny coz its true

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 8:34 am

    The had a year to plan stuff and this is all I have seen so far. Yay army leadership

  6. Jeff

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Of course the government instructs you to place them into plastic bags and tie the bags tightly. You know, the plastic bags that no one has because the government, media and do-gooders vilified them through virtue signaling even though life cycle analysis of plastic vs. re-usable bags show plastic bags are more ecologically sound. It’s the people, not the bags.

  7. Thomas

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    @Jeff – I agree with you 100%. And add to that, I use the exact same amount of plastic bags as I did before for my kitchen trash, only difference is, now I buy endless rolls of plastic bags I only use once, instead of at least re-using the plastic bags I used to carry my groceries home in.

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