DENR6: Dispose face masks, gloves properly

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 29 (PIA6) --- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Western Visayas is continuously encouraging the public to properly manage wastes, particularly face masks and gloves.

In a media release, DENR-6 regional executive director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. said that people should be wary of how they properly dispose of used face masks and gloves, which are considered special wastes.

“We appeal to every household that they should treat used face masks, gloves and disposable face shields as special wastes as these can spread the virus,” he said.

According to DENR-6, there is an alarming increase in household, healthcare, and special wastes brought by the COVID-19.

Meanwhile, DENR-6 has led the commemoration of the National Zero Waste Month this January, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 760, dated May 2014.

The theme “Bouncing Back from the Pandemic to a Greener and Healthier Environment” was adopted for the observance of Zero Waste Month 2021, which focused on proper disposal, segregation, and management of healthcare wastes.

DENR-6 said that the COVID-19 pandemic has made it easier for the department to clean the air and water, especially during the lockdown months when people's movement and transportation were restricted.

However, with the imposition of wearing masks, there is a need for the department to once again embark on a massive campaign for people to properly manage their wastes.

The Zero Waste Month is an advocacy that promotes the designing and managing of products and the processes to avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials.

It is also defined as a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient, and visionary to guide people in having a resourceful lifestyle, in which discarded materials can be re-designed as resources for others to use. (JSC/LTP/DENR6/PIA6 Iloilo)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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