CPCB report on scientific disposal of biomedical waste arising out of COVID-19 treatment, 14/01/2021

  • 14/01/2021

CPCB report in Original Application No. 72 of 2020 in the matter of scientific disposal of biomedical waste arising out of COVID-19 treatment and its compliance to Biomedical Waste Management Rules, 2016 in compliance to the National Green Tribunal order of April 21, 2020.

States like Andaman & Nicobar, Arunachal Pradesh, Daman & Diu, Goa, Lakshadweep, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura do not have Common Biomedical Waste Treatment Facility to treat and dispose of the biomedical waste. Respective State Boards should initiate steps to set up Common Treatment Facilities so as to avoid usage of deep burial pits in the long term, the report recommended.

Capacity of incinerators operated by Common Facilities across the Country has been adequate during the pandemic situation except in few cities namely Thane, Pune and Chennai. The existing capacity of CBWTFs in such cities needs to be upgraded, stated the CPCB of January 14, 2021.