For collection of hazardous mercury waste from the
city's health care facilities, the Delhi Government has identified two private
firms. These hospitals are switching over to non-toxic metal based medical
equipments. "As majority of hospitals here have been taking various steps
to phase out mercury-based equipment from their day-to-day operations, safe
disposal of the toxic material is becoming a major head-ache," said a
senior official from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).
This phase out drive was initiated last year. Since
then a total of five kg of mercury had been collected. However the health care
facilities were clueless of what to do with it.After this issue was discussed
with the manufacturers of thermometers and BP apparatus, two firms namely
Supreme Surgico based in Shahdara and Anita Industries situated at Bhagat Singh
Market agreed to collect elemental mercury form and also in the form of
discarded mercury based apparatus.
For disposal of the stored mercury waste the DPCC
has directed hospitals with 50 or more beds
to contact the above private units.