India generated over 18,000 tonnes COVID-19 waste since June; Maharashtra largest contributor

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India generated over 18,000 tonnes COVID-19 waste since June; Maharashtra largest contributor

India generated 18,006 tonnes of COVID-19 biomedical waste within the final 4 months, with Maharashtra contributing the utmost (three,587 tonnes) to it, based on a Central Air pollution Management Board (CPCB) knowledge. Round 5,500 tonnes of COVID-19 waste was generated throughout the nation in September – the utmost for a month up to now.

In line with the info acquired from state air pollution management boards, since June, all states and Union Territories have generated 18,006 tonnes of COVID-19-related biomedical waste which is being collected, handled and disposed of by 198 frequent biomedical waste remedy amenities (CBWTFs).

COVID-19 biomedical waste might embrace PPE kits, masks, shoe covers, gloves, human tissues, objects contaminated with blood, physique fluids like dressings, plaster casts, cotton swabs, beddings contaminated with blood or physique fluid, blood luggage, needles, syringes and so on.

In line with the info, Maharashtra generated three,587 tonnes of COVID-19 waste in 4 months since June, adopted by Tamil Nadu (1,737 tonnes), Gujarat (1,638 tonnes), Kerala (1,516 tonnes), Uttar Pradesh (1,432 tonnes), Delhi (1,400 tonnes), Karnataka (1,380 tonnes) and West Bengal (1,000 tonnes).

Round 5,490 tonnes of such waste was generated in September, with Gujarat contributing the utmost 622 tonnes, adopted by Tamil Nadu (543 tonnes), Maharashtra (524 tnnes), Uttar Pradesh (507 tonnes) and Kerala (494 tonnes).

Delhi generated 382 tonnes of COVID-19 bio-medical waste in September, based on the CPCB knowledge.

Round 5,240 tonnes of COVID-19 waste was generated in August, of which 1,359 tonnes was in Maharashtra, and 588 tonnes every in Kerala and Karnataka.

In July, the nation generated four,253 tonnes of COVID-19 waste, with Maharashtra (1,180), Karnataka (540) and Tamil Nadu (401) being the highest three contributors.

India generated three,025 tonnes of COVID-19 waste in June, with Maharashtra alone accounting for 524 tonnes, adopted by Gujarat (350 tonnes), Delhi (333 tonnes) and Tamil Nadu (312 tonnes)

The CPCB had in March issued particular tips for dealing with, remedy and disposal of such waste at healthcare amenities, quarantine centres, properties, pattern assortment facilities, laboratories, air pollution management boards, city native our bodies and customary biomedical waste remedy amenities (CBMWTFs).

The apex air pollution physique had in Might developed the “COVID19BWM” cellular utility to observe coronavirus-related biomedical waste and to compile the info by means of digital manifest system.

This utility tracks COVID-19 waste on the time of technology, assortment and disposal.

The Supreme Court docket has made it necessary for all city native our bodies and state air pollution management boards to make use of the cellular utility for monitoring biomedical waste every day in a bid to make sure that the waste is collected, transported and despatched to the registered CBMWTFs.

The instructions got here on July 30 on suggestions made in a report by the Atmosphere Air pollution (Prevention and Management) Authority.

As on Monday, India”s COVID-19 caseload stands at 71.2 lakhs whereas the demise toll is 1.09 lakh. 

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