Punjab

PPCB launches Compostable Bags for disposal of hospital waste

May 26, 2018 11:13 PM

Patiala May 26, 2018: Continuing its drive to replace plastic bags with compostable bags, Punjab Pollution Control Board has decided to replace plastic bags with Compostable Bags for disposal of bio-medical waste in the hospitals. Around 8-10 Ton/month plastic bags are used for storage and disposal of bio-medical waste by the Healthcare Facilities in Punjab.

Today the launching of compostable bags for disposal of biomedical waste was done by PPCB Chairman Sh. KS Pannu, IAS at Fortis Hospital, Mohali. During the launch, representative from hospitals of the area and otherofficers of the Board were present.

It was informed that the Incineration of yellow bags and burning of plastic (especially chlorinated plastic) may result in release of carcinogenic persistent pollutants like dioxins and furans into the environment. However, with the use of compostable bags there will be no possibility of generation of Dioxin and other toxic gases.

Further, the red bags are autoclaved which are then sent for recycling to plastic recyclers but with the introduction of compostable bags this problem will be solved as these bags are dissolved during autoclaving process. Moreover it was also noticed during the program that with the shifting from plastic bags to compostable bags there will be minor additional cost burden on the hospital. However it will be necessary for them to ensure compliance of law as well as their social responsibility. Chairman, PPCB made an appeal to the hospitals to shift towards compostable bags as an environmentally friendly approach and undertake large scale plantation of trees. 

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