Why Municipal Bye-Laws are Important for Sustainable Solid Waste Management in Cities

Municipal bye-laws for solid waste management (SWM) constitute an essential regulatory framework that can encompassall aspects of SWM -- from its generation to final disposal, covering collection, transportation, storing, processing, disposal, monitoring and regulations. They also empower local governmentsto impose penal provisions in case of non-compliance and violation. 

The Solid Waste Management (SWM) Rules, 2016 mandate all urban local authorities, village panchayats, census towns and urban agglomerations to frame bye-laws incorporating the provisions of SWM, 2016 within one year from the date of notification and ensure timely implementation. The Rules also say that these local entities should make/amend a bye-law for SWM to be able to provide necessary services to citizens, levy taxes or fines, and collect user fees whenever and wherever deemed necessary. 

Thus, a municipal bye-law is the strongest legal instrument at the disposal of local governments to enforce sustainability measures while fulfilling their own responsibilities. But in today’s context, the efficacy ofsuch bye-lawsneeds to be 

sharpened to bridge the gap between policy and practice for stopping as much waste as possible from going to landfills.  

Howcan such bye-lawsbe effectively used to institute sustainable waste management systems? How can they be turned into legal instruments to bridge the gap? Whatare the interventionsthat are required? CSE next webinar in the Practitioners Knowledge Building Seriesaims to discuss and explore answers to all these questions and more – do join our experts for a deep dive into the subject of municipal SWM bye-laws. 

NOTE: This webinar is free for everyone. It is a learning opportunity to waste management practitioners, officials from Central and state urban departments and municipalities, urban and town planners, NGO representatives, CBOs, and anyone interested in the subject. 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. No certificates will be provided.

For further details please contact:

Mou Sengupta
+91 9836448262

Kaifee Jawed


J B Ravinder
Joint Adviser
Central Public Health & Environmental Engineering Organisation (CPHEEO) Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Government of India
Mou Sengupta
Deputy Program Manager
Centre for Science and Environment