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The Centre has released new rules for the management of bio medical waste that prescribe better incinerators to reduce emission.

The set of rules called the  Environment Ministry’s Bio-medical Waste Management Rules, 2016, also includes vaccination, blood donation and surgical camps.

According to the new rules the waste has to be classified into four categories contrary to the previous 10 , to improve the division of waste at the source .Also the process has been simplified .

“The new bio-medical waste management rules will change the way the country used to manage this waste earlier. Under the new regime, the coverage will increase. It also provides for pre-treatment of lab waste, blood samples, etc.

“It mandates bar code system for proper control and has simplified categorisation and authorisation. Thus it will make a big difference to the Clean India Mission,” Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said while releasing the new rules.

Bio medical waste includes human and animal anatomical waste, treatment apparatus like needles, syringes and other materials used at healthcare facilities.

Total bio-medical waste generation in the country is 484 tonnes per day (TPD) from 1,68,869 healthcare facilities (HCF). Of this, 447 TPD is treated, ministry officials said.

According to the new rules use of chlorinated plastic bags , glove and blood bags will end in 2 years  and training will be provided to healthcare workers . Also according to the new rules  bedded hospitals will get automatic authorisation while there would be a one-time authorisation for non-bedded hospitals.

Under the new rules State government will be providing land for the waste disposal.

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Making India Proud: 8-YO Indian Expat Student Collects 15,000 Kg Paper Waste in Dubai

An eight-year-old Indian expat student has collected nearly 15,000 kg of paper waste in Dubai

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Tony won the paper section in the individual category for her efforts in collecting a total of 14,914 kg of paper waste. Pixabay

An eight-year-old Indian expat student has collected nearly 15,000 kg of paper waste in Dubai as part of the Emirates Environmental Group’s nationwide recycling campaign.

The student, Nia Tony, was honoured during the 22nd edition of the Emirates Recycling Awards in Dubai on Monday, reports the Khaleej Times.

Through this United Arab Emirates (UAE)-wide campaign, the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) was able to reduce projected carbon emissions by at least 73,393 metric tonnes.

The eco-friendly drive had three categories – corporations, academic institutions and individuals/families – and the materials that were collected included paper, plastic, glass, cans, mobiles, among other items.

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An eight-year-old Indian expat student has collected nearly 15,000 kg of paper waste in Dubai. Pixabay

Tony won the paper section in the individual category for her efforts in collecting a total of 14,914 kg of paper waste.

“I was campaigning around my area to collect paper, so that it can be recycled. Every week, I would go out to collect newspapers, magazines, and other paper that people were throwing away or didn’t want to keep.

“I think it’s important for children, like myself, to start recycling and spreading awareness about the environment from an early age, so we can acquire the habit of living green as we get older,” she told the Khaleej Times on Monday. (IANS)