National Symposium and Release of Report: Legacy waste Management and Dumpsite Remediation

Physical participaton by invite only

Unlined and unscientifically designed landfills -- typically referred to as dumpsites – can lead to irreversible environmental and health hazards, ranging from greenhouse gas emissions, groundwater and surface water pollution and air pollution, to surface fires. Old dumpsites, in fact, are well-known sources of dislocated pollution due to the generation of hazardous leachates and emissions

In recent years, efforts to bioremediate and biomine legacy waste dumpsites has gained traction. The Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0 has given a clear mandate to all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in India to complete remediation of their existing dumpsites by 2023 (for cities with less than 10 lakh population) and by 2024 (for cities with more than 10 lakh population) in compliance with environmentally sustainable methods. The country is, therefore, going to take up this massive challenge to remediate millions of tonnes of legacy waste in next two-three years. The technical capacity of the ULBs and other stakeholders would play a pivotal role in remediation of more than 3,000 dumpsites that are holding over 1,300 million tonne of legacy waste and occupying more than 10,000 hectare of precious urban land, and to ensure that such dumpsites are not reborn ever.

The process of bioremediation would also involve gainful utilisation of the extracted fractions of legacy waste and its scientific disposal, as well as re-utilisation of the reclaimed land.

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) invites you to a one-day National Symposium to discuss the issue and release its toolkit -- Legacy Waste Management and Dumpsite Remediation to Support SBM 2.0. A pool of domain experts from the government, industry, research institutes and municipal administrations will join us to talk about the future of dumpsite remediation in India.

NOTE:  This symposium is for waste management practitioners, officials from central and state urban departments and municipalities, urban and town planners, civil society organizations, academia, research institutes, waste management industry representatives, journalists and others. All those who register will receive an automatic confirmation. However, we request you to register yourself at the earliest and reach out to us in case of any queries.


Dr. Richa Singh
Dy. Programme Manager
Municipal Solid Waste Management Programme
Centre for Science and Environment,
Mobile: +91 9920658638



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CSE lays down roadmap for making Indian cities garbage-free
Live streaming videos
Toolkit: Legacy Waste Management and Dumpsite Remediation to Support Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0
Toolkit: Preparing City Solid Waste Action Plan Under SBM 2.0
Toolkit: Preparing City Solid Waste Action Plan Under SBM 2.0
Dumpsite remediation – Challenges and Agenda
By: Sunita Narain
Director General, CSE
Key findings: Legacy Waste Management and Dumpsite remediation
By: Richa Singh
Centre for Science and Environmen
Dumpsite remediation in India: challenges and opportunities: Practitioners’ perspective
By: Nagesh Prabhu
Co-founder & Director
Zigma Global Environ Solutions Pvt. Ltd
Use of RDF derived from legacy waste dumpsite: Challenges and opportunities
By: Saurabh Palsania
Executive Director and Group Commercial Head
Dalmia Cement Bharat Ltd.
Case Study - Mangalore
By: Akshy Sridhar
IAS Commissioner
Mangalore City Corporation
Case Study - Leh
Harsh Jadhav and Dorjey Tundup
Directorate of Urban Local Body, UT Ladakh
Roopa Mishra
IAS, Joint Secretary
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Govt of India
Prashant Gargava
Central Pollution Control Board
Sunita Narain
Director General
Centre for Science and Environment
Rakesh Kumar
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
Sunil Kumar
Senior Principal Scientist
J B Ravinder
Joint Adviser
Masood Mallick
Chief Executive Officer
Re-Sustainability Limited
Nagesh Prabhu
Co-founder and Director
Zigma Global Enviro Pvt. Ltd.
Ambika Behl
Principal Scientist
Saurabh Palsania
Group Commercial Head
Dalmia Cement
Bharat Ltd. Delhi
Richa Singh
Deputy Programme Manager
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)
Atin Biswas
Programme Director
Municipal Solid Waste
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)