ALAPPUZHA:In the wake of the increasing menace of plastic waste in Alappuzha Medical College Hospital (MCH), the authorities have decided to make it totally free of plastic wastes.
From March 1, the hospital authorities will impose a ban on plastic products in the compound, according to reports on Friday. It will be in a phased manner. The hospital will first prevent polythene carry bags, followed by stalling food items being carried in plastic bags, said the authorities.
According to hospital superintendent Santhosh Raghavan, a total ban would be necessary as the hospital has no means for treating plastic wastes.
Hundreds of polythene carry bags are being brought daily by the people. They bring food and clothes in plastic bags, and after use they leave them haphazardly in the compound. If it is allowed to continue, there will be serious environmental issues, said the superintendent. “Medical and food wastes are being treated uninterruptedly. Thanks to the IMAGE (Indian Medical Association Goes Eco-friendly), Palakkad. They are collecting and treating all wastes. The hospital has installed a bio gas plant this month and food wastes are treated by it. But the hospital has no facility for handling plastics. In such a situation decisive moves are required,” said superintendent.