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NOT IN MY BACKYARD - Solid Waste Mgmt in Indian Cities

The book is an attempt to highlight the present status of solid waste management in the country and what should be the way ahead. It is clear that cities are producing more and more waste and solid waste generation in our country is increasing. In such a scenario, we need to re-invent waste management in our country.

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Book Release and Workshop on Solid Waste Management: Reinvention, Opportunities and Way Ahead, September 15, 2016, Bengaluru

What direction should waste management take in metropolitans? What does the future hold in store? Are landfills the answer? Is Waste-to-energy technology still a good bet? Why segregation is the key? These are some of the questions that come to our minds when we discuss waste management in some of the bigger cities of India.  Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi is conducting a half day programme in Bengaluru on Solid Waste Management to discuss the scenario of waste management in the country and what should be the agenda for a clean India.

Garbage is about recycling

It is time we accepted that each household and commercial establishment is a waste generator and so a potential polluter Last fortnight, I discussed the need to reinvent garbage management in our cities so that we can process waste and not “landfill” it. This, as I wrote, required households and institutions to segregate their waste at source so that it could be managed as a resource. It also means that we need to limit how much is dumped by imposing a tax on landfill. I want to follow up on this idea this fortnight.

Treating solid waste

CSE started this practice to showcase successful decentralised management of the solid waste and also to reduce the discharge of the solid waste from its own campus. Solid waste composting is a process to prepare compost from the biodegradable organic material which can be used as soil conditioner or organic fertilizer. Two types of wastes generated in the CSE:  From leftover cooked food (collected from canteen)  From uncooked raw vegetable waste ( also known as kitchen waste) and dry leaves 

Solid waste composting

  Learn how to make compost from your kitchen and garden waste. CSE has a composting system (read more: Treating solid waste). Discuss here new methods or techniques that can benefit others too.