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Waste Management


Garbage is about recycling

It is time we accepted that each household and commercial establishment is a waste generator and so a potential polluter

Last fortnight, I discussed the need to reinvent garbage management in our cities so that we can process waste and not “landfill” it. This, as I wrote, required households and institutions to segregate their waste at source so that it could be managed as a resource. It also means that we need to limit how much is dumped by imposing a tax on landfill. I want to follow up on this idea this fortnight.

Solving India’s garbage problem

Segregation at source should be at the heart of municipalities’ solid waste management system

We know that we have a serious garbage problem. But the problem is not about finding the right technology for waste disposal. The problem is how to integrate the technology with a system of household-level segregation so that waste does not end up in landfills, but is processed and reused. It is clear that there will be no value from waste, as energy or material, if it is not segregated. But this is where our waste management system stops short.

Three Day Conclave on Waste Management (25-27 February, 2016)

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) - India, in joint cooperation with the Central Environmental Authority (CEA), organized an African - South Asian Conclave on Waste Management, with the aim of providing for cross-country learning to understand the challenges and issues concerning waste management in Africa and South Asia and building a network on waste management for research, capacity building and sharing of best practices. The Conclave was held from 25th to 27th of February 2016 in Colombo, which was inaugurated in the presence of Ms.

CSE welcomes MoEFCC notification on use of construction and demolition waste; Would like to see a clear mechanism for stringent implementation of Rules

  • CSE welcomes first-ever notification of the construction and demolition waste management rules, 2016, by the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change 

Unreal in pampered India

With NDMC winning the smart city challenge, the contrast between where the government lives and where the rest of the citizens live could not have been more evident and striking

Two week training programme on “Waste Management: Policies, Issues, Challenges and Way Forward, December 7-18, 2015”

The two week programme on “Waste Management: Policies, Issues, Challenges and Way Forward”, was held in New Delhi from December 7-18, 2015 under the tripartite agreement between CSE, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

How power can be cleaned

Coal is an environmentalist’s bugbear. The use of coal to generate energy is the key reason the world is looking at a catastrophic future because of climate change. Recognising this, global civil society has given a rousing call for coal divestment, asking companies, universities and individuals to stop investment in coal thermal power plants. They want coal to go, renewables to be in. And in the interim, clean gas, also a fossil fuel, to be used as a “bridge fuel”. In this scenario any talk of “cleaning” coal to make it less damaging is untenable.

How smart is a smart city?

Smart is as smart does. The NDA government’s proposal to build 100 “smart” cities will work only if it can reinvent the very idea of urban growth in a country like India. Smart thinking will require the government to not only copy the model cities of the already developed Western world, but also find a new measure of liveability that will work for Indian situation, where the cost of growth is unaffordable for most.

CSE’s Two weeks course on Waste Management: Policies, Issues, Challenges and Way Forward

Centre for science and Environment (CSE), has been conducting capacity building programme for officers of State Pollution Control Board and the Municipality Officers under the tripartite agreement between CSE, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The upcoming programme is scheduled in December 2015, on the issue of waste management. 

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Date: December 7-18, 2015

Hills of greyville

Fast-expanding steel industry yet to find an effective way to reuse its waste product, slag

The road to Tarkera village in Rourkela offers an unusual sight: grey hillocks amid lush green hills. The strange addition to the landscape is slag, a waste product of the steel industry, which has piled up over decades.

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