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Biomedical waste is the waste generated during diagnosis, treatment or immunisation of human beings or animals or in research activities. For instance, waste generated in hospitals and healthcare institutions, which are a major source of dangerous chemicals emanating from various medical products including disinfectants like , IV sets and blood and/or urine bags, expired and discarded medicine, amputated body parts, soiled dressings, etc.

The Government of India enacted the Biomedical Waste (Management & Handling) Rules in 1998 under sections 6,8,25 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. These rules detail categories of biomedical waste along with its treatment and management alternatives.

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