New Delhi, January 10
India generated around 33,000 tonnes of Covid-19 biomedical waste in the last seven months, with Maharashtra contributing the maximum 3,587 tonnes, as per Central Pollution Control Board data.
Over 5,500 tonnes of waste was generated across the country in October alone, the maximum for a month so far.
According to the data received from state pollution control boards, since June 2020, all states and UTs generated 32,994 tonnes of Covid-19 biomedical waste, which is being collected, treated and disposed of by 198 common waste treatment facilities.
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The waste could include PPE kits, masks, shoe covers, gloves, human tissues, items contaminated with blood, body fluids like dressings, plaster casts, cotton swabs, beddings contaminated with blood or body fluid, blood bags, needles, syringes etc. Maharashtra generated 5,367 tonnes of waste since June, Kerala 3,300 tonnes, Gujarat 3,086 tonnes, TN 2,806 tonnes, UP 2,502 tonnes, Delhi 2,471 tonnes, Bengal 2,095 tonnes and Karnataka 2,026 tonnes. — PTI