Urban India is drowning under a sea of waste. Every year, it produces 62 million tonnes (MT) of municipal solid waste (MSW), 31 MT of which is dumped on to landfill sites. Most of these sites are overflowing their capacity and polluting the surrounding land, groundwater and air. Cities are now running out of land on which to dump their waste and have begun throwing it in the ‘backyards’ of smaller towns, suburbs and villages, leading to conflicts. Looking for or creating more landfills as a solution to the waste problem, thus, is no longer an option.MORE +
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has been working with cities to promote and implement source-segregation model of waste management.
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
An Integrated Waste Management Policy for African Nations, prepared by CSE, is under consideration for passage and implementation in three countries -- Swaziland, Zanzibar and Namibia.
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.