Binish Desai is innovatively Converting Masks & PPE Kits into Bricks amidst the plastic crisis that has bombarded the world.
Biomedical waste the new wall-pick
- Many utilized gloves, masks and PPE kits, which, whenever left rampant, used to be on their dump-ways to landfills and seas, are heading neoteric Converting Masks & PPE Kits into Bricks.
- Kudos to the India’s ‘Recycle Man’ Binish Desai who won this title in 2010 to create P-Block, modern paper blocks and gum waste. This Gujarat-based environmentalist and ground-breaker has a unique solution to India’s growing COVID medical waste disposal problem.
- As per the recycling industry recent updates, India brings about 101 metric tonnes per day (MT/day) of COVID-19 connected biomedical waste, as per a study by the Central pollution Control Board (CPCB) at the National Green Tribunal.
- He began learning the material from which the masks are produced, a non-woven fibre, by acquiring from his family discarded masks. “Two days before starting work I poured them in a bucket of disinfectant,” confirms Desai. Then he got them mixed up with “special binders” produced in his laboratory.
- The bricks comprise 52% sliced PPE and caps, 3% binder and 45% paper waste. They are water repellent, resistant to fire and pests. He also wants to create “eco-bins” to help collect waste from hospitals, police stations, and areas where PPE kits and medical masks are being used by workers or people.
- The product will be ripped, connected to industrial paper waste from paper mills and then blended with binder after proper sanitation procedures have been observed. “The mixture is stored in moulds for 5-6 hours before it is positioned. For three days, the bricks are normally dried, and the product is then ready to use, he adds.
- Sanitation and hygiene are of utmost importance when working with medical waste and Desai states that they adopt standards from the CPCB. EPP waste must be kept untouched 72 hours before disposal, says Desai, so that the Eco bins are opened 72 hours later and the waste is washed first in a disinfectant stream.
- Desai’s team functioning with 106 distinct sorts of waste (jewellery units, textile scraps, paper surplus, coffee waste, etc.) to set up in excess of 180 products. “This non-woven material falls under the ‘biomedical’ category, but once sanitised it is easy to handle compared to products such as diapers and surgical gloves,” he says, adding that he is also looking at recycling PPE kits.
- This creative man is Converting Masks & PPE Kits into Bricks and expects the new variant Brick 2.0 to find its place for constructing toilets and houses as these brick are stronger and more durable as compared to conventional bricks and are reasonably priced at ₹2.8 per piece.
At a time when “Covid-19 positive” has become a “new negative”, the innovative idea of recycling biomedical waste into bricks is not only inspiring and aboding but enterprising as well.