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Solutions for Solid Waste Management in India

07/28/2017
Speakers:

Mrs. Almitra H. Patel Member, Supreme Court Committee for SWM. National Expert, Swachh Bharat Mission; Ms. Lakshmi Narayanan Co-founder, KKPKP and SWaCH, Pune; Ms. Swati Singh Sambyal, Waste Management Expert at Center for Science and Environment

As the Indian economy expands and material consumption rises, a major challenge at hand is the management and containment of solid waste. Annually, 62 million tonnes of garbage is generated by the 377 million people living in urban India (Report of the task force on Waste to Energy, Planning Commission, 2014). However, it is not just the amount of waste generated that is an issue; even worse is the fact that more than 45 million tonnes, or 3 million trucks worth, of this garbage is untreated and disposed by municipal authorities every day - most of it in an unhygienic manner leading to health issues and environmental degradation. Specific targets under the Sustainable Development Agenda also highlight proper waste management as an important pillar for development. Goal 12 precisely focuses on sustainable consumption and production patterns to promote philosophies like ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’, ‘Zero Waste’ and 'Circular Economy.'    Read More

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