Every day, biomedical waste agencies collect 9 to 10 tonnes of waste from four districts – Kancheepuram, Cuddalore, Tiruvallur and Chennai

1,010 hospitals and clinics dispose of the waste

60 per cent of biomedical waste generated disposed of properly

Source segregation at hospitals, clinics –

Colour coded bags are used:

Black – discarded medicine

Yellow – human tissues, skin, cotton and gauze, amputated parts

Blue – Needles, broken glass, sharps, blades

Red – Gloves, masks, blood bags, caps, all plastic items

Green – garbage from hospitals

Two organisations handle biomedical waste - GJ Multiclave at Sriperumbudur and Ramky at Maduranthakam taluk

Around 6 tonnes of waste is incinerated

Around 1 tonne is made ready for reuse and the rest is sent for recycling

After incineration, the ash is sent to Tamil Nadu Waste Management Limited which sends it to a designated landfill for chemical waste

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