Concerned over the ban on disposable plastic items being increasingly observed in the breach in this hill station and its cascading effect on the ecology, the Nilgiris Wildlife and Environment Association (NWLEA) organised an awareness campaign on Ooty-Mudumalai road on Sunday.
While collecting the discarded banned items on the Kalhatty checkpost-Sigur Bridge stretch extending over about 6 km, the association's volunteers were startled to come across a large amount of hospital waste including used syringes and needles.
Pointing out that they had been dumped near the Bison Valley viewpoint where sighting of wild animals including carnivores was quite common, NWLEA secretary S.Jayachandran, who led the campaign, regretted that it reflected the attitude of certain sections of the society towards the sensitive ecology of the district.
A formal complaint would be launched with the authorities concerned.
He added that during the campaign, plastic items like bottles and bags weighing about two tons had been collected. They had been thrown on the wayside by tourists.
In a bid to educate the road users, handbills with appeals and messages in English, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada would be distributed.
Dustbins would be installed near the Kalhatty checkpost, the Bison Valley viewpoint and the Sigur Bridge.