Environment day: Discarded bottles become bangles in a story of reuse

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LUCKNOW: Setting an example of the principle of “reuse and recycle”, King George’s Medical University is contributing to reducing the garbage burden on the environment.

The medical university provides an average of 2,500kg of glass material every month and supplies it to bangle making units in Firozabad. The glass material is a part of the 3,000 kg of biomedical waste that the hospital generates each day.

Around 85% of this waste is household waste while the remaining is infectious and needs to be incinerated. The non-infectious waste material is segregated in categories of plastic and glass. The sale of this scrap fetches Rs 1.25 lakh per month to KGMU.

Scrap dealer Mohd Imroz, the link between KGMU and Firozabad’s bangle makers, said though the contribution was small, the message was very significant.

“As of now, we get glass from only two hospitals while there are more than a 100 big hospitals in the city,” he said.

Mohammad Parvez, a faculty member in the department of anesthesiology at KGMU said hospitals in the city could contribute majorly in recycling and reusing their waste.

“Around a kg of biomedical waste is generated per bed per day. At this rate, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences generates around 900kg of biomedical waste per day while Balrampur Hospital makes about 650kg biomedical waste in a day,” he said.

KGMU’s biomedical waste management system became a part of the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) project ‘Global Healthcare Waste Management’ in 2010. The project supported initiatives to create model bio-medical waste management programmes in hospitals and healthcare institutions in the seven countries of Argentina, India, Latvia, Lebanon, Philippines, Senegal and Vietnam.

In March 2013, KGMU also received the ‘Special Recognition Award’ from UNDP and World Health Organisation for developing model bio-medical waste management practices. The UP Health Systems Strengthening Project is working to replicate the model in all cities.

Source: TimesOfIndia

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