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Massive Illegal Dumping and Burning of Medical Waste Turn Pondicherry’s Truck Terminal and Surrounding Area into an Ecological Sacrifice Zone

May 9, 2012

Pondicherry’s truck terminal continues to be an ecological sacrifice zone where large-scale dumping and burning of mixed municipal solid waste and medical waste blatantly violate India’s waste management regulations. Cows, pigs and dogs forage between heaps of smoking, smoldering plastic waste, trampling syringes, needles, rubber gloves, glass vials and bandages.

Cows forage in fresh medical waste

Cows forage in medical waste at Pondicherry’s truck terminal

Cow in medical waste at Pondicherry's truck terminal

Cow in medical waste at Pondicherry’s truck terminal

Cows foraging in burning medical waste at Pondicherry's truck terminal

Cows foraging in burning medical waste at Pondicherry’s truck terminal

Cow with horn in plastic bag

Cow with horn in plastic bag

Cow wearing plastic bag on horn

A cow at Pondicherry’s truck terminal with plastic bag on horn

Cow wearing plastic bag on horn at Pondicherry’s truck terminal

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