As the nation soaks in the festive mood of Diwali and people begin to travel to be with their loved ones, Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL), the operator of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru or BLR Airport, has urged passengers to utilise biowaste bins deployed at various locations across BLR Airport, to dispose of personal protective equipment (PPE) kits.
As part of its measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, BIAL has set up 139 biowaste bins of different sizes across the airport to ensure the responsible and ethical disposal of such trash. Currently, used PPE is found strewn across the airport campus, posing a health hazard to both passengers and staff.
“The use of proper PPE like masks, gloves, face shield and hazmat suits are critically important in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. This has led to the problem of used PPE contamination at the airport. Once discarded, they become alarming health and environmental hazard for both passengers and housekeeping staff. At BLR Airport, we request passengers to be mindful of this issue and maintain their commitment to keeping their city and airport clean by using designated bins for PPE disposal,” a BIAL spokesperson said.
BLR Airport collects almost 800 to 1,000 kgs of biowaste a day. To reduce COVID-19-related PPE waste, BIAL is scientifically managing the disposal of biowaste as stipulated by the Central Government’s agencies.
With travel set to increase during this festive season, BIAL has requested passengers to dispose of used masks, gloves and other protective gear at designated biowaste bins, placed at convenient locations across the airport. In addition to biowaste bins, an ample number of other bins – dry waste, wet waste and colour-coded bins – have been placed to collect garbage such as food, plastic, metal and paper.