Sustainable Solid Waste Management With Special Focus on Fractions Recovered from Dumpsite Remediation to Strengthen Implementation of SBM 2.0

Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) 2.0 is dedicated to achieving a “garbage-free” India by implementing various strategies, including remediating legacy waste and establishing infrastructure for municipal solid waste treatment, processing, recovery, and recycling. The mission aims to divert 80% of waste from landfills by 2026. As part of SBM 2.0, cities are assigned the task of remediating legacy waste sites spread across more than 3,000 locations nationwide, with the goal of reclaiming approximately 15,000 hectares of land.

In legacy waste management, extracting combustible materials like plastics, leather, and textiles during dumpsite remediation is crucial. However, these segregated combustible fractions (SCF), though rich in potential, pose inherent challenges owing to contamination and elevated moisture levels. They make up 8–20% of the 230 million tonnes of legacy waste in aged dumpsites nationwide. Addressing this volume is crucial for achieving sustainable waste management objectives. Additionally, fine fractions (FF), comprising degraded organic matter, soil, woody material, and inert substances, constitute 40–60% of landfilled waste. FF offers an essential avenue for resource recovery, vital for fostering a circular economy paradigm and reducing environmental degradation.

The technical capacity of the ULBs and other stakeholders would play a crucial role in dealing with such a colossal volume, and to ensure that such dumpsites are not reborn. The magnitude of the Mission underscores the importance for every stakeholder to foster an ecosystem conducive to transforming waste management services into economically and environmentally sustainable business models, essential for the Mission’s success.

Recognizing the imperative for adopting resource-efficient waste management regimes, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has been actively engaged in policy formulation and implementation concerning municipal solid waste (MSW) management at regional, national, and global levels. In line with this commitment, CSE is pleased to offer a tailor-made four-day residential training program on sustainable solid waste management, with a special focus on RDF and Fine Fraction (FF). This training will enable participants to understand the economic and environmental benefits of RDF and FF utilization, fostering their capacity to implement sustainable waste management practices effectively.

For more details please contact: 

Course Coordinator 

Aniket Chandra
Senior Research Associate
Solid Waste Management and Circular Economy Unit, CSE
+91 95824-53848 

Tribhuwan Singh Bisht
Deputy Programme Manager
Solid Waste Management and Circular Economy Unit, CSE
+91 76782-94666



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