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Garbage collectors complain about improper disposal of used face masks

Garbage collectors, who are among  frontliners in the fight against COVID-19 , are complaining that some households do not segregate their used face masks and lump the medical trash with municipal waste.

In an interview Wednesday morning  on Super Radio dzBB, Grace Sapuay of the Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines said they are receiving complaints from garbage collectors that face masks are not disposed of properly.

She pointed out that the trash collectors are considered frontliners in the fight against COVID-19.


Earlier, EcoWaste Coalition, an environmental health organization, proposed that frontline environmental workers should be given a hazard pay

In its blog post, the EcoWaste said it had proposed to the government the provision of appropriate hazard pay for garbage collectors during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to stem the spread of the dreaded novel coronavirus disease 2019.

It added that the calculation of the requested hazard pay should begin from March 17, 2020 until the ECQ is terminated. —LBG, GMA News