Delhi generated 11 tonnes less biomedical waste in June

Delhi: 10 August, 2021 (Times of India)


NEW DELHI: A new report of Central Pollution Control Board says that Covid-related biomedical waste generation in Delhi reduced from 18.79 tonnes per day (TPD) in May to 7.68 tonnes per day in June due to a reduction in Covid-19 cases. The generation of Covid waste in June was the highest in Kerala at 23.71 TPD while Delhi ranked seventh in the country. The city currently has two common biomedical waste treatment plant facilities (CBWTFs) that are involved in treatment and disposal of biomedical waste.
“The generation of Covid waste rose till May 10 this year as there were more patients. However, with a dip in total Covid cases, the quantity of Covid waste also reduced,” said an official.
The report said that as per the information submitted by State Pollution Control Boards and Pollution Control Committees and daily data received from COVID19BWM Tracking App, the average quantity of Covid-related biomedical waste generation during June this year was about 164 TPD in the country. While it was 203 TPD till May 10 this year.

According to the CPCB report, Kerala produced maximum Covid-related biomedical waste in June, followed by Tamil Nadu at 26.04 TPD. Andaman and Nicobar at 0.003 TPD and Lakshadweep at 0.01 TPD produced the lowest amount of Covid waste in June. “Till June, 193 out of 198 CBWTFs started using the tracking app and around 13,000 generators of Covid-19 waste have registered on the app,” said the report.

Delhi currently has two CBWTFs. One of them is in west Delhi’s Nilothi with an installed capacity of 28.8 tonnes per day and another in an industrial area near GT Karnal Road with an installed capacity of 34 TPD for treatment of waste. Of these, the plant at Nilothi is currently operational on lease extension. Delhi Pollution Control Committee had earlier invited expression of interest for setting additional two CBWTFs in the capital but the body later scrapped the tendering process.