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Government Tracking Puts Covid Medical Waste at 50k MT in 12 Months; could be 2L-MT | India News


In the 12 months between June 2020 and May 2021, India has generated at least 50,000 MT of Covid-19 biomedical waste (BMW) at a rate of about 136 MT per day on average, according to data accessed by the government’s Covid. . waste monitoring system.
Separate data for non-Covid waste shows that India generated around 2.2 lakh MT from BMW in 2019, the latest year for which data is available and that the number has been steadily increasing over the past decade. The BMW generated from Covid would be additional to the waste generated regularly.
And, according to data from the Covid waste tracker from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the almost 50,000 tons of BMW generated between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021 are based on the daily average. of each month between January and May. 2021 and the actual monthly figures for the seven months between June and December 2020.
There has been a gradual increase in the amount of Covid BWM generation since February 2021 after a dip for a few months from November 2020. “On May 10 a peak generation of around 250MT / day was reported. the range from 180 to 220 MT per day ”, said the CPCB.
The increase in waste generation is not proportional to the increase in patients in May mainly due to adequate waste segregation, the board says. “Common facilities have reported that, unlike last year, hospitals and isolation wards are not mixing food waste with Covid19 waste,” he added.
As of May 2021, around 5,048 Covid19 waste generators had registered on the waste tracking application, ‘Covid19BWM’, developed by CPCB in May last year. Y,
Real No. More than double?
However, Dr JA Jayalal, President of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), told TOI: “The generation of BMWs in India has almost doubled since Covid as a lot of PPE and disposable equipment is being used. unlike before. So 50,000 seems to be very low. It should be at least 2 billion tons. ”
Dr Amiya Kumar Sahu, President of the National Solid Waste Association of India (NSWAI), says that the government data is not acceptable to academics and professionals as they may not have captured all the generated waste.
“The inquiries we receive have increased significantly compared to the pre-Covid times and based on that alone I can say that the 50,000 tons that are reported are at least 15% to 20% less than what is actually being generated. But the actual underreporting or data mismatch could be much higher, ”he added.
States with more waste
That said, according to official data, in the seven months of 2020, Maharashtra (5,396MT) topped the table, followed by Kerala (3,300MT), Gujarat (3,089MT), Tamil Nadu (2,815MT) and Uttar Pradesh (2,505 MONTE ).
In 2021, a state split was not immediately available for each month, but May data shows that Kerala (735MT) and Gujarat (681.4MT) had overtaken Maharashtra (589.6MT), while Delhi (582, 5MT) and Karnataka (524MT) had made the top five, leaving TN and UP behind.

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