Creative Medical Mask Waste by Students of Diponegoro University

Creative Medical Mask Waste by Students of Diponegoro University zonaebt.com
  • The spike in mask use during the pandemic, that wasn’t managed with good waste management, has caused waste production to grow.
  • Carelessly disposed medical mask waste can harm the ecosystem by causing soil and water pollution, which lowers the environment’s quality requirements.
  • Making plant pots out of used medical masks was therefore a novel way to manage trash from masks.
Illustration of mask used during pandemic. Source: unsplash.com.

The spike in mask use during the pandemic, that wasn’t managed with good waste management, has caused waste production to grow. According to information from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK), the amount of medical waste surged by 30 to 50% during the Covid-19 pandemic, reaching a total of 18,460 tons as of July 27, 2021.

Naturally, this will have a detrimental effect on health. Medical mask waste is a type of B3 trash that is infectious and, based on its properties, might represent a source of Covid-19 transmission if improperly treated. In addition, improperly disposed of medical mask waste would harm the ecosystem by causing soil and water contamination, lowering the level of the environment’s quality.

Therefore, students from Diponegoro University undertook socialization activities addressing the Impact and Procedures for Management of Medical Mask Waste in order to raise knowledge and awareness among the local community.

Baca Juga:



Illustration of making plant pots out of leftover surgical mask material. Source: kkn.undip.ac.id.

The socialization process for this activity was started by distributing leaflets to the media as a means of informing them about how to manage good and proper mask trash in a straightforward manner in accordance with the Indonesian Ministry of Health’s instructions. Making plant pots out of leftover surgical mask material was then carried on.

With regard to the used masks they produce, this activity seeks to raise public awareness and create a sense of responsibility. Additionally, the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), or sustainable development, point 12 (responsible consumption and production), are achieved with the implementation of this action.

According to Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia (Kemenkes), there are ways to dispose of used masks:

1. Take off the mask by pulling on the straps behind the ears or head.

2. Fold the mask such that the inside of the fold is covered in bacteria or liquid droplets.

3. Use bleach, chlorine, or disinfectant to clean the mask.

4. Cut the rope and the lid to harm the mask.

5. Immediately place in a closed container for disposal.

6. Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and water.

Baca Juga:



The potential danger of transmission due to improper use of masks is hoped to be prevented by adhering to the above-mentioned stages of managing old masks. Additionally, the practice of washing hands both before and after wearing a mask will reduce the risk of virus infection, including that of the SARS-CoV2 virus, which is the root cause of COVID-19.

References:

[1] Inovasi di Masa Pandemi: Pemanfaatan Limbah Masker Medis Ala Mahasiswa KKN Undip

[2] Begini Cara Kelola Limbah Masker di Masyarakat Untuk Cegah Penularan COVID-19

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