Tools & Resources

Healthcare Waste Work

Philippines Measles Eradication Campaign (PMEC) 

Read-up on PMEC here. For more in-depth informaiton about the ground-breaking campaign, read:

Latest Videos  

View the Burn Not video series, featuring celebs and cultural leaders. The videos shed light on the effects of waste disposal via incineration. 

Tools & Resources  

Sustainable Waste Management 
Find out more about the four Philippine pilot hospitals that have conducted safe, sustainable waste disposal: 
Read up about Baguio City’s efforts to make health care cleaner and safer: 
Learn about the Health Care Waste Assessment project in Northern Samar.
Learn how the damage caused by improper waste management counts as a violation of human rights:
Find out about the state of medical waste management in different countries, including the Philippines:
The Environmental Impact of Incineration
Uncover the truth about the Hoval waste incinerators used in local hospitals, and their financial and environmental costs:
Learn more about the Philippines’ drive to lessen air pollution: 
Projects and Case Studies
It is possible to conduct a nationwide immunization program while minimizing harmful waste. Read how the Philippines did it in this report: 
Learn more about the Philippines’ succeeding immunization efforts: 

1. On average, chemical and radioactive waste comprise 5% of health care facilities’ total waste.

2. Medical waste includes the waste generated by health care and research facilities, and those produced via medical procedures done at home. 

3. Health care facilities produce toxic substances. Improper management of waste can cause a variety of environment and health hazards.

4. Poor medical waste management practices: Non-waste segregation; unsafe waste handling; dumping untreated waste.

5. Poor medical waste management practices: Preferential procurement of toxic products; extensive use of disposable materials.

6. A poor medical waste management practice: Inadequate procedure for clean up and containment of spills. 

7. A poor medical waste management practices: Weak inventory control and inappropriate classification of hazardous wastes.

8. Good medical waste management practices: Pollution prevention; waste minimization; correct classification & segregation.

9. Good medical waste management practices: Proper containing & color-coding; safe handling and collection of waste.

10. Good medical waste management practices: Labeling & signage; proper storage; transportation & final disposal.

11. Only 15% of the total health care waste is infectious.