Decentralised segregation only way forward to manage waste in Urban India: IPCA


New Delhi: In a bid to create awareness about organic waste management, the Indian Pollution Control Association (IPCA) on Friday organized a workshop with stakeholders at TERI School of Advance Studies in Delhi.

The workshop was organized to brainstorm with different stakeholders, including residential societies, educational and research institutes, government departments, and authorities about waste management in the city.

Speaking at the event Kumar Abhishek, Deputy Commissioner of MCD, West Zone, said that, “Delhi is producing roughly 11,000 metric tonnes of waste each day, so decentralized segregation is necessary in view of the given volume of the waste in the city”.

” Due to the lack of resources, our MDCs are currently experiencing major issues in the county and due to this the management of trash is the most challenging aspect of this sector” he added.

Abhishek said, that in order to solve such issues, waste must be separated at the source, and awareness must be created among Delhi’s residents and RWAs about how to make ” the wealth from the waste.”

Ashish Jain, Director, IPCA emphasized that the decentralized waste management system in urban India is the only solution to solve the problem of waste management by such kinds of technological alternatives.

“The cumulative efforts of all the stakeholders will be essential to implementing the decentralized waste management system in India” he added.

Terming littering as the main source of waste, Jain said, People must stop trash and cooperate with organizations and local authorities to increase public awareness.

The workshop was attended by an expert panel consisting of the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), an apex body to support and guide the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Principals and directors of reputed educational and research institutes, and senior officials from MCD.

Sharing information about the project undertaken by the IPCA, Dr. Radha Goyal, Deputy Director said, Project SORT (Segregation of Organic Waste for Recycling and Treatment) was implemented in more than 106 societies, schools, colleges, and offices in Delhi NCR.

“The project has treated almost 300 tons of wet waste by installing 500 aerobic composters at all 116 locations till date with a total estimated reduction of 181.623 tons of CO 2 emission,” she said.




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