Toxics Link has been engaged in dealing with the issue of biomedical waste management for over a decade. Disseminating information on segregation of waste in healthcare institutions was the first step in this direction, as only 15--20 per cent of the waste generated in hospitals is infectious/hazardous in nature. About 80--85 per cent of the waste is similar to those found in offices or housing complexes such as paper, cardboard, metal and food. By segregating waste at the source of its generation and thereby preventing contamination, hospital waste can be a potent resource for other uses.
Toxics Link engages with issues of BMW dominantly on 4 levels – Research and Advocacy, Management Systems Modeling, Central, State and Regional Intervention and Awareness Generation, Capacity Building and stakeholder engagement.