Volunteered Service

Services Offered

IMAGE affiliates all modern medicine health care institutions in both Private & Government like Hospitals based on their bed strength, Clinics based on number of rooms & facilities, Labs based on diagnostic facilities (Category A, B, C & D), Dental Clinics based on number of Dental Chairs . A nominal non refundable fee is being charged during affiliation. The operating expense is being met by charging a nominal monthly fee as operational cost declared for the category of HCI. The IMAGE plant has been working effectively from January 2004 and has been rendering meritorious service to the State since its inception.

IMAGE provides the following services for the affiliated health care institutions.

  1. ) Training to the biomedical waste management staff of the affiliated institution for scientific segregation and safe handling of biomedical waste.
  2. ) Facilitation for procurement of appropriate barcoded - colour coded bags and containers for collection of segregated biomedical waste.
  3. ) Collection of segregated biomedical waste from the institutions from the designated storage area.
  4. ) Transportation of the collected waste in closed vehicles authorised by the Pollution Control Board.
  5. ) Treatment and Disposal of the biomedical waste in scientific manner at the IMAGE plant, strictly adhering to the Biomedical Waste Management Rules 2016.
  6. ) MaintainRecords on the quantity of biomedical waste collected, transported, treated and disposed.
  7. ) Provide necessary information to the health care institutions and the Pollution Control Board as and when necessary on bio medical waste generated, collected and disposed from the affiliated institutions.
  8. ) Create awareness among the public about the need for proper biomedical waste management & treatment plants.
  9. ) Organise medical camps as part of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Service to Private Healthcare Institutions:

IMAGE provides comprehensive service to all private health care institutions by executing the complete cycle of biomedical waste disposal, right from regular collection of biomedical waste from affiliate health care institutions in barcoded colour - coded bags, transportation in specially designed dedicated vehicles, scientific treatment and safe disposal of the biomedical waste, brought into the Common Biomedical Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility run by Indian Medical Association, Kerala State Branch at Palakkad.

IMAGE thereby ensures scientific disposal of infectious waste generated from health care institutions across Kerala, within 48 hours, in accordance with the stipulations laid down in the Biomedical Waste Management Rules 2016 released by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. Ref: G.S.R. 343(E)

The quantity of biomedical waste handled by IMAGE

AUTOCLAVABLE WASTE 19 Tonnes 570 Tonnes 6,840 Tonnes
INCINERABLE WASTE 30.5 Tonnes 915 Tonnes 10,980 Tonnes
BOTTLE WASTE 5 Tonnes 150 Tonnes 1,825 Tonnes
SHARPS & DISCARDED MED 1.3 Tonne 39 Tonnes 468 Tonnes
TOTAL 55.8 Tonnes 1674 Tonnes 20,088 Tonnes

Barcode System Implementation

As per the Biomedical Management Rules 2016 and the directions of Central and State Pollution Control Boards, Bar coding system is to be implemented for Biomedical Waste Management at the earliest. The Bar Code will contain the Unique identification of the Healthcare establishment, colour of the bag, supplier of the bag etc. Once the Bar coding is implemented, IMAGE will be able to collect Biomedical waste only barcoded containers & bags. IMA has entrusted PEPS to supply Colour Bar Coded bags and containers as per the standards prescribed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change, Central and State Pollution Control Boards. IMAGE has developed the software for supply of barcode labelled bags and IMA PEPS has authorized 4 regional distributors to supply the colour coded barcoded bags and containers. Since colour coded barcoded bags and containers are proprietary items developed for this purpose alone, all affiliated healthcare centres are instructed to procure these from IMA PEPS authorized dealers being supplied at reasonable price. (details below)

The Pollution Control Board will be monitoring the movement of the barcoded bags & containers from Health care establishment to the Biomedical waste treatment plant with the help of online link being provided by IMAGE. All the affiliated HCIs are requested to co-operate with IMAGE for the scientific treatment and disposal of the biomedical waste as per the BMW M Rules 2016 and keep our environment health and safe.

Authorised Dealers for the Supply of Consumables :

IMAGE is offering a value added service to its esteemed customers, in association with IMA PEPS, by identifying dealers for the supply of all consumables related to the management of biomedical waste. This include Colour Coded- Barcoded Biomedical Waste Collection Bags & Containers, Needle Destroyer Units, Puncture proof-leak proof-tamper proof containers for collection of sharps, Display labels & stickers with instructions and signages related to the safe handling & segregation of biomedical waste.

For Bags & Containers related requirements, please contact

IMA PEPS Office,
IMA Headquarters Anayara,
Thiruvananthapuram (Mob: 9747278759)

Dr. Subeer Hussain,
Joint Secretary, IMA PEPS (Mob: 98959 33717)

The cost of the colour coded barcoded bag is as follows*:

QUANTITY                                                                         PRICE OF ONE BAG                                                                                                                
  9" x 14"  12" x 17" 19'' x 22'' 24'' x 30'' 30'' x 35'' 33" x 40"
Slab i - 100 - 500 Nos. 2.50 + 18% GST 3.25 + 18% GST 4.95 + 18% GST 8.43 + 18% GST 11.17 +18% GST 13.37 + 18% GST
Slab ii - 600 - 2000 Nos. 2.40 + 18% GST 3.15 + 18% GST 4.75 + 18% GST 8.23 + 18% GST 10.97 + 18% GST 13.17 + 18% GST
Slab iii - 2100 - 5000 Nos. 2.35 + 18% GST 3.10 + 18% GST 4.65 + 18% GST 8.03 + 18% GST 10.77 + 18% GST 12.97 + 18% GST
Slab iv - 5100 and above 2.30 + 18% GST 3.05 + 18% GST 4.55 + 18% GST 7.83 + 18% GST 10.57 + 18% GST 12.77 + 18% GST

The List of IMA PEPS authorised suppliers for the Barcoded Colour coded Biomedical Waste Collection Bags & Containers

Districts Supplier Contact Number
Mr. Anu Kumar. R,
M/s. Safe Care
AMC VII*112, Near G.H.S.S, Attingal
Mr. Umesh. D
M/s. Metro Global Resource
Standard Potteries Road
Thaikattukara. P.O, Aluva
Mr. T. Jayaraj & Mr. Rejinold,
Medilink Enterprises (P) Ltd
No.22/835,836, Kalariparambu, Pudussery P.O,
Palakkad - 678007
Mr. Gopala Krishnan
Doctors Co-operative Society
Evergreen Apartments, T. C Road,
Chirakkara, Thalassery,

Work force of IMAGE

IMAGE is operated by about 450 staff working together for the IMAGE, GJ Multiclave, Aryaja Industries & Security agency.

1 Co-Ordinators 11
2 Branch Incharges 10
3 Custonmer Support Executives 14
4 Plant Supervisors 14
5 Truck Supervisors 54
6 Pickers 33
7 Drivers 31
8 Plant Labourers 52
9 Plant Incharge 1
10 Plant Manager 1
11 Plant Clerk 2
12 Office Staff 7
13 Manager Cadre Staff 5
14 Scrap Dealing Staff 101
15 Contract Workers 115
16 AdministrativeStaff 8
Total   463

Care for Environment

The plant is set up in a remote place where there is no human settlements in 2 KMs circle around the plant.The plant is provided with enough Green vegetation cover which is beneficial in many ways leading to conservation of biodiversity, retention of soil moisture, recharge of ground water and maintaining pleasant micro climate of the region. In addition, vegetation cover can also absorb pollutants from the environment and helps in effective environmental pollution control.

IMAGE is regularly conducting tests of Air, Water & Stack emission to safeguard the interest of Green Earth.

The ambient noise levels, water samples from various water sources of plant are tested at least once in a month.



    Through this, the complete details of the particular HCI from which BMW is collected, will be automatically registered and the data will be transmitted immediately through clouds to the IMAGE server.

  2. ) GPS Vehicle Monitoring system (AVL View)

    This has been developed for online monitoring of all 74 Waste Collection Vehicles running across the state.

  3. ) IMAGE Online Affiliation Process

    The affiliation process for joining IMAGE by Healthcare establishments has been made online through www.imageima.org

  4. ) Surveillance Cameras

    IMAGE has installed 164 Surveillance cameras in the plant for the real-time day & night monitoring of activities inside the plant. The data is also stored in servers for future reference.

  5. ) Online Continuous Monitoring of Stack Emission

    Online Continuous Stack Emission Monitoring System (CSEMS) are being installed in IMAGE plant as per the request of Pollution Control Board authorities for the measurement of pollutants within the stack emission. Monitoring within the stack presents a number of problems due to extremes of temperature, velocity of sample and pressure. OCEMS is used for continuous emissions monitoring in biomedical waste incinerators. Presently the emission parameters like CO, CO2, Temperatures of Primary & Secondary Chambers are uploaded in real time to the servers of KS PCB & CPCB, Typically, concentrations of SO2, NO, NO2, N2O, NH3, O2 and TOC (Total Organic Carbon) can also be continuously measured. Continuous Stack Emission Monitoring Systems (OCEMS) accumulates data on a pre-determined time schedule. The Pollution Control Board can monitor the stack emission online in real-time and it is self-reporting to the authorities when permit limits are exceeded.

Other Services offered by IMAGE

Koumarasree Project

“Koumarasree” is an extension of Biomedical Waste Management activity of the Indian Medical Association Kerala State Branch attempting to ensure a clean and safe environment. IMAGE attempts to spread its activity beyond safe disposal of biomedical waste from healthcare institutions across the state by joining hands with the local branches of Indian Medical Association to scientifically dispose used sanitary napkins from school across the state. The services of IMAGE will be rendered to schools sponsored by the local branches of the Indian Medical Association

IMAGE provides comprehensive service to health care institutions by regular collection of biomedical waste from health care facilities in barcoded & colour coded bags,transportation in specially designed vehicles, treatment and final disposal in its Common Biomedical Waste Treatment Facility (CBWTF) as per the Biomedical Waste Management Rules 2016, thereby ensuring scientific disposal of infectious waste generated from health care facilities all over Kerala, within 48 hours. Barcoded-Colour coded bags and containers are to be procured in sufficient numbers by all affiliated HCIs for seggregation and collection of waste at source. Special training is imparted to hospital staff regarding seggregation and collection


IMAGE runs 73 GPS installed covered vehicles for collection of biomedical waste within 24 hours from the whole length & breadth of Kerala, which are specially designed as per the Biomedical Waste Management Rule and approved by the Pollution Control Board, which ply a distance of 10,000 km per day. Each vehicle crew includes a driver, a sanitary worker and a supervisor. Each vehicle collects biomedical waste daily and are taken to district transfer stations, from there directly to the plant at Palakkad taking all safety measures. All these vehicles are monitored through GPS Satellite Monitoring using AVL View Software Application. The movement of waste collection vehicles are monitored through GPS system and the waste collection is monitored through the mobile application system. Introduction of Bar-coding system to monitor each and every bag from the source till the end is going on and it will be completed within couple of months.


On an average, about 55.8 Tonnes of biomedical waste reaches the IMAGE plant daily, of which 30.5 Tonnes are Incinerable waste (that collected in Yellow bags), 19 Tonnes Autoclavable waste (that collected in Red bags), 5 Tonnes are Bottles, 0.7 Tonne is Sharps & Metals, 0.6 Tonne is Dicarded medicines. This waste is collected from all 13,000+ healthcare centres across the state of Kerala within 24 hours of its generation.