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Dental waste management in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines

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Rosalinda L. Ilogon, Janssen Blaise U. Jumau-As, Celestina E. Casundo, Melvin Madroñal, Van Ryan Kristopher R. Galarpe

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.11( 2), 52-61, August 2017


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Generation of hazardous wastes pose ecological ill effects if improperly segregated which necessitates monitoring. This study primarily evaluated the waste management practices of dental clinics in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. A total of fifty (50) dental clinics registered at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau-10 (DENR-EMB-10) were surveyed. A modified survey questionnaire was administered covering thirty-five (35) questions on wastes identification, management, and disposal.  Overall, awareness and perception on waste management guideline was adequate among dental clinic staff workers (dentists and dental technicians). However, practices and implementation of the waste management guidelines were not realized. Noticeably, dental wastes were not properly segregated, collected, and disposed. Dental wastes including hazardous wastes were often mixed with municipal solid waste except for sharps and needles which were placed in plastic bottle containers. The present findings shows the lack of proper implementation of the mandate of Republic Act (RA) 9003-Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) Act of 2000 and R.A. 6969 Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Waste (TSHNW) Act. This can be a basis for policy making for hazardous waste management in the Philippines.


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