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COVID-19 Biomedical Plastics Wastes—Challenges and Strategies for Curbing the Environmental Disaster

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Faculty of Dentistry, AIMST University, Bedong 08100, Malaysia
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National Dental Center Singapore, 5 Second Hospital Avenue, Singapore 168938, Singapore
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Faculty of Pharmacy, AIMST University, Bedong 08100, Malaysia
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Faculty of Medicine, Bioscience and Nursing, MAHSA University, Kuala Lumpur 42610, Malaysia
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Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Royal College of Medicine Perak, Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh 30450, Malaysia
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Department of Computer Engineering, College of Computer Science, King Khalid University Abha, Abha 61421, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Al Azhar University, Cairo 11651, Egypt
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Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Monash University, No. 3 Jalan Masjid Abu Bakar, Johor Bahru 80100, Malaysia
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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Gurukul Kangri (Deemed to Be University), Haridwar 249404, India
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Faculty of Applied Science, AIMST University, Bedong 08100, Malaysia
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College of Pharmacy, National University of Science and Technology, Muscat 130, Oman
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Center for Transdisciplinary Research, Department of Pharmacology, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha University, Chennai 600077, India
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Academic Editors: Nallapaneni Manoj Kumar, Subrata Hait, Anshu Priya and Varsha Bohra
Sustainability 2022, 14(11), 6466; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14116466
Received: 15 April 2022 / Revised: 17 May 2022 / Accepted: 22 May 2022 / Published: 25 May 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Resources Conservation, Recycling and Waste Management)
The rise of the COVID-19 outbreak has made handling plastic waste much more difficult. Our superior, hyper-hygienic way of life has changed our behavioural patterns, such as the use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), the increased desire for plastic-packaged food and commodities, and the use of disposable utensils, as a result of the fear of transmission. The constraints and inefficiencies of our current waste management system, in dealing with our growing reliance on plastic, could worsen its mismanagement and leakage into the environment, causing a new environmental crisis. A sustainable, systemic, and hierarchical plastic management plan, which clearly outlines the respective responsibilities as well as the socioeconomic and environmental implications of these actions, is required to tackle the problem of plastic pollution. It will necessitate action strategies tailored to individual types of plastic waste and country demand, as well as increased support from policymakers and the general public. The situation of biomedical plastic wastes during the COVID-19 epidemic is alarming. In addition, treatment of plastic waste, sterilisation, incineration, and alternative technologies for transforming bio-plastic waste into value-added products were discussed, elaborately. Our review would help to promote sustainable technologies to manage plastic waste, which can only be achieved with a change in behaviour among individuals and society, which might help to safeguard against going from one disaster to another in the coming days. View Full-Text
Keywords: plastic pollution; waste management; COVID-19; personal protective equipment; biomedical waste plastic pollution; waste management; COVID-19; personal protective equipment; biomedical waste
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Selvaraj, S.; Prasadh, S.; Fuloria, S.; Subramaniyan, V.; Sekar, M.; Ahmed, A.M.; Bouallegue, B.; Hari Kumar, D.; Sharma, V.K.; Maziz, M.N.H.; Sathasivam, K.V.; Meenakshi, D.U.; Fuloria, N.K. COVID-19 Biomedical Plastics Wastes—Challenges and Strategies for Curbing the Environmental Disaster. Sustainability 2022, 14, 6466. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14116466

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Selvaraj S, Prasadh S, Fuloria S, Subramaniyan V, Sekar M, Ahmed AM, Bouallegue B, Hari Kumar D, Sharma VK, Maziz MNH, Sathasivam KV, Meenakshi DU, Fuloria NK. COVID-19 Biomedical Plastics Wastes—Challenges and Strategies for Curbing the Environmental Disaster. Sustainability. 2022; 14(11):6466. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14116466

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Selvaraj, Siddharthan, Somasundaram Prasadh, Shivkanya Fuloria, Vetriselvan Subramaniyan, Mahendran Sekar, Abdelmoty M. Ahmed, Belgacem Bouallegue, Darnal Hari Kumar, Vipin Kumar Sharma, Mohammad Nazmul Hasan Maziz, Kathiresan V. Sathasivam, Dhanalekshmi U. Meenakshi, and Neeraj Kumar Fuloria. 2022. "COVID-19 Biomedical Plastics Wastes—Challenges and Strategies for Curbing the Environmental Disaster" Sustainability 14, no. 11: 6466. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14116466

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