The waste management programme at CSE addresses institutional structures involved in waste management, treatment and disposal; helps build regulatory and technical capacities of cities in waste management; and highlights the role of the informal sector in India and global south through in-depth research and advocacy. CSE’s influential publication in 2016 on solid waste management, ‘Not in My Backyard’, highlighted the growing problem of waste in urban areas and carried in-depth case studies from cities following good solid waste management practices, as well as enabling policies and regulations.
As part of its initiative to support implementation, the team signed an MoU with the city of Muzzafarpur in Bihar to develop an enabling framework for solid waste management which can be replicated in other cities and towns of India.
Ruchika Sethi Takkar is a promoter of sustainable waste management at source. She teaches home-owners, residential societies and corporates the ways to segregate waste. At home, she segregates her waste into five different streams. Her message is that waste is a valuable
Bihar’s first solid waste processing site to convert organic waste into compost was inaugurated recently in Muzaffarpur by Suresh Kumar Sharma, the state’s minister for urban development and housing. CSE’s intervention in the city is now being viewed as a model to be replicated in the entire state.
CSE’s intervention and hand-holding has helped 31 city wards adapt segregation at source and composting at the household level.
As a member of the Waste Management Committee set up by the Delhi High Court, CSE played an instrumental role in preparing an action plan for waste management for Delhi.