Patel is member, Supreme Court committee on solid waste management
Single-use plastic is only part of what is truly a massive challenge, and that is the management of all kinds of plastic waste.
Transformation of the municipal solid waste scenario in Tamil Nadu highlights the importance of a systems approach and the role of leadership.
Vellore, with a population of five lakh, has been a trailblazer in decentralised management of solid waste and sending no waste to landfills. It has earned the remarkable distinction of getting its residents to separate wet waste from dry waste.
Big cities should learn how to implement waste separation effectively from small, mid-sized Indian cities.
WtE plants in India burn mixed waste. The presence of chlorinated hydrocarbons like PVC results in the release of dioxins and furans when the waste is burnt at less than 850 degree C. Appropriate filtering mechanisms need to be installed to control such dangerous emissions.
A rapidly growing e-waste crisis needs rapid official decision-making, time-bound responses.
Hazardous, wet and dry domestic waste must be separated. The primary responsibility lies with consumers.
A proactive effort from municipalities and citizens towards recycling of construction and demolition waste will go a long way in curbing pollution.
Construction and demolition waste is an environment and public health hazard. Its recycle and reuse offers a sustainable solution
Municipal authorities are opting for capping as a solution to the problem of mixed waste at dumpsites. Bio-remediation and bio-mining may be more desirable.
A sustainable way forward is to minimise consumption of single use plastic items, create awareness about the use of appropriate grade of plastic, and emphasise the importance of recycling and reuse.
Use of plastic to lay roads shows the way. Initiatives in states like Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh are worth emulating.
Compost from biodegradable municipal solid waste will simultaneously clean up our cities and improve agricultural productivity and soil quality of our farms
The froth spewing from them in Bengaluru is a symptom of a pervasive urban problem — the discharge of untreated sewage into water bodies.
Don’t mix different types of waste. The correct way to manage it is to expose it to air
A new rapid bioremediation process that can remove garbage hills and end their ill effects, promises a low-cost solution to waste management and disposal. It is very important that alternative technologies are carefully evaluated on their merit.