New Delhi: According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, India generated a whopping 18,006 tonnes of biomedical waste due to COVID-19 in the last four months, with Maharashtra contributing the maximum (3,587 tonnes) to it. Also Read - Goa Announces 'Tika Utsav 3.0' For 18-44 Segment | Details
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The data received from state pollution control boards reveal that all states and Union Territories have since June generated 18,006 tonnes of COVID-19-related biomedical waste, which is being collected, treated and disposed of by 198 common biomedical waste treatment facilities (CBWTFs). Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Unlock: Huge Crowd at Vegetable Market in Varanasi Days After UP Lifts Lockdown
COVID-19 biomedical waste could include PPE kits, masks, shoe covers, gloves, human tissues, items contaminated with blood, body fluids like dressings, plaster casts, cotton swabs, beddings contaminated with blood or body fluid, blood bags, needles, syringes etc.