Waste management: A cradle-to-cradle approach With focus on C&D waste management and dust control

Event Completed

Dates: October 17-20, 2023
Last date to apply: October 6, 2023
Venue: Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute, Nimli (near Alwar), Rajasthan

CSE’s sustainable habitat programme conducted a training on the topic of ‘Waste management: A cradle-to-cradle approach with focus on C&D waste management and dust control’. The training was held at Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI)from October 17th to 20th 2023, with 30 participants comprising representatives from government construction agencies, researchers, and academia.

An ice breaking session kicked off the training in which participants spoke about their understanding of the subject and expectations from the training.  Mr. Rajneesh Sareen spoke about circularity and resource efficiency in his first session to make people aware of the challenges that the world faces due to a linear approach to consumption and the waste it creates. This was complemented by Ms. Mitashi’s session on the rules and regulations that exist in dealing with C&D waste management. Post this Ms.Mitashi Singh gave an overview of current practices and progress on C&D waste management in non-attainment cities. After the sessions, it was the audience’s turn to share their perspective on what challenges they perceive and face in dealing with the sector which was done through an interactive exercise.

Day two started with an in-depth exploration ofEnvironmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of building and construction projects with a focus on the ‘air environment’ by Mr. Rajneesh Sareen. This was followed up by a session on C&D waste quantification. Ms. Mitashi Singh continued by explaining the audience‘the ecosystem approach for C&D waste management’. This included case studies of C&D waste management from various urban local bodies like Gurgaon, non-attainment cities of Rajasthan, Kolkata, Mumbai,Bhubaneswar, and Delhi NCR.Post that, Ms. Sayani Sen presented CSE’s investigation, wherein CSE has mapped the value and trade chain of C&D waste, in informal setups for large ULBs like KMC and small urban local bodies. The last two session of the day was dedicated to a walking tour of the sustainable features at AAETI by Mr. Sugeet Grover that also included an introduction to a C&D waste exercise.

Day three began with a participatory exercise with the audience to determine a typical construction timeline. After that, the participants were introduced to the process of management and safeguards for material handling at the site and the city level for dust abatement by Mr. Sugeet Grover. Mr. Hari Krishnan session took the next session on the subject of "Overview of Recycling Infrastructure: Case Studies of various C&D Plants in NCR." The session covered the different types of recycling processes, their infrastructure, and the flow of operations in C&D waste recycling plants. These topics were explained through the case studies of C&D plants located in NCR.In the afternoon session a group exercise to understand the responsibilities of municipalities, pollution control boards, developers, and site engineers for proper C&D waste management and practical issues in dust abatement measures was conducted. In the final session, participants presented their results of the exercisesand the programme was concluded with anawards ceremony for exercises conducted during the training.

On the fourth day, participants were taken to the C&D waste management plant in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, to experience the intricate procedure for C&D waste recycling techniques in practice. The plant's head provided information on processing technology and various C&D waste processing products and materials with various specifications, including sands, aggregates, and paver blocks.

Course Coordinator: 

Sugeet Grover
Programme Manager
Sustainable Habitat Programme, CSE
Mob No: + 91 9818443366

Course Director:

Rajneesh Sareen
Programme Director
Sustainable Habitat Programme, CSE,