Today, our consumption and disposal chain is linear -- resources are consumed and discarded. According to the Circularity Gap Report 2021, the world economy is only 8.6 per cent circular. A paradigm shift in our consumption, disposal and reutilisation pattern is required to ensure a cradle-to-cradle approach in managing waste.
According to 2019 estimates of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), India produces around 54 million tonnes of waste annually. A third of this ends up in landfills; there is no data for 30 per cent of the total waste that is generated. This has multiple implications for a city: the mountains of waste end up consuming huge chunks of precious land, while also contributing to severe contamination and pollution.
The new paradigm of waste management encourages a more decentralised approach. CSE’s three-day residential training programme on a cradle-to-cradle approach on waste management will lay a special emphasis on the management of C&D waste, which accounts for one-third of the municipal solid waste generated in a city. The programme will aim to throw light on the policy and institutional frameworks, roles and responsibilities of the actors involved, environmental safeguards, processing and treatment of waste, material reuse and recycling, recycled products and their end uses.
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