Delhi accounts for 10% of India's Covid-19 biomedical waste
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Delhi accounts for 10% of the 101 tonnes of Covid-19 biomedical waste generated in the country each day and is the third-largest generator of such waste after the bigger states of Maharashtra and Gujarat, according to the report filed by the Central Pollution Control Board in the National Green Tribunal.

• Delhi currently produces 11.1 tonnes of Covid waste every day, just above Tamil Nadu (10.4 tonnes) and Madhya Pradesh (7.5 tonnes).

• Before the pandemic, a hospital typically generated 500 grams of biomedical waste per bed per day. That figure has now risen to 2.5-4.5 kg.

• There is worry also about the improper segregation of waste at Covid hospitals, isolation centres and quarantine homes.

• The CPCB report recommends segregation of trash because mixing general municipal garbage with biomedical waste creates an unwanted burden on the incinerators designed only to handle the biohazardous waste.

• Chitra Mukherjee, head of operations at Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group, said, instead of focusing on increasing incineration capacity, that the goal should be to reduce waste generation.

• "Medical professionals should use masks and PPE kits made of plastic components, but citizens must be encouraged to use washable cloth masks,” she said.

Source: https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/industry/10-of-indias-bio-med-waste-in-delhi/77117851
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