KOCHI: In an attempt to get rid of the accumulating biomedical waste that is posing health threat to residents, the Kochi-chapter of the confederation of real estate developers' associations of India (Credai) will set up a biomedical waste treatment and disposal facility.
This is being undertaken in association with the Indian Medical Association (Kochi) and is part of the Credai Clean City initiative. According to the plan, Credai will provide the land required for the 'Indian Medical Association Goes Eco Friendly' (Image) facility, and IMA will set up the facility and operate it. The IMA at present has such a facility only in Palakkad district where biomedical waste from across the state is treated.
The facility in Kochi is also part of Image's plan to set up waste treatment facilities in all the three regions of the state. Biomedical waste from the apartments and villas developed by Credai members will be treated at the Kochi facilityapart from those from the hospitals. However, its location has not yet been identified.
The treatment plant is expected to be ready in two months. "The city now has facilities to treat plastic and degradable waste, but none to treat biomedical waste, which also causes pollution. Segregation and treatment of such waste are a very serious issue," said Najeeb Zackeria, executive member, Credai-Kochi. Garbage collectors of local bodies have been expressing concern about the practice of mixing biomedical waste and degradable waste. In many apartments, there is no specific facility to collect syringes, used cotton and medicine bottles, which often get mixed with food or plastic waste.