"Lessons in waste disposal from Lahore"

Ata-Ul-Haq is CEO of Green Technology Environmental Corporation, which set up Pakistan's first mega composting plant in Lahore in 2006. He tells Arnab Pratim Dutta that the model adopted for the plant can be replicated across South Asia

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  • Though MoEF brought out

    Though MoEF brought out action plans for scientific land fills and waste to power & vermicompost,etc there is little progress in this direction.

    When I was a member of APPCB Task Force committee and CFE, we insisted to start scientific land fill in Hyderabad and other urban centres. Finding a suitable place for such taken more than a decade by GMCH and yet has not identified a suitable place.

    We cleared the projects to produce power from the waste. They are not moving in the right direction. All this is basically because of "with fuel pilferage from the transport trucks" the officials are minting crores of rupees every year. The modus-operandi here is burn the waste and account truck trips and equivalent of these trips of fuel is sold in the market -- this in turn converts into adulterated fuel in the market. Because of this,the officials are creating hurdles in the power production projects and garbage collection projects by private parties. This contributed raise in air pollution in Hyderabad.

    In Hyderabad, now GHMC removed gorbage bins placed by MCH and thus people dump the garbage in to parks and drains and water bodies. At the same time government doubled salaries and perks to get help in the coming elections and convert their black money to white under real estate business.

    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

    Posted by: Anonymous | 2 years ago | Reply
  • Excellent article. We waste

    Excellent article. We waste time,we waste resources, we waste water that is why we are poor.
    Waste can be regarded as a human concept as there appears to be no such thing as waste in nature. The waste products created by a natural process or organism quickly become the raw products used by other processes and organisms. Recycling is predominant, therefore production and decomposition are well balanced and nutrient cycles continuously support the next cycles of production. This is the so-called circle of life and is a strategy clearly related to ensuring stability and sustainability in natural systems. On the other hand there are man-made systems which emphasize the economic value of materials and energy, and where production and consumption are the dominant economic activities. Such systems tend to be highly destructive of the environment as they require massive consumption of natural capital and energy, return the end product (waste) to the environment in a form that damages the environment and require more natural capital be consumed in order to feed the system. Where resources and space are finite (the Earth is not getting any bigger) this is ultimately not sustainable.
    The presence of waste is an indication of overconsumption and that materials are not being used efficiently. This is carelessly reducing the Earths capacity to supply new raw materials in the future. The capacity of the natural environment to absorb and process these materials is also under stress. Valuable resources in the form of matter and energy are lost during waste disposal, requiring that a greater burden be placed on ecosystems to provide these. The main problem is the sheer volume of waste being produced and how we deal with it.
    Clearly, more appropriate and sustainable approaches to waste need to be adopted. To be sustainable we need to move the emphasis toward a system that is local, community based, makes use of low tech / low energy systems and is focused on waste minimisation. This is an approach which we at Full Cycle advocate.
    Other methods of managing waste include:
    ÔÇó Waste minimization is an approach that aims to reduce the production of waste through education and the adoption of improved production processes and less wasteful practices.
    ÔÇó Recycling, by separating certain materials within the waste stream and reprocessing them.├é The recycling of many materials is currently not financially viable.
    ÔÇó Waste processing is treatment and recovery (use) of materials or energy from waste through thermal, chemical, or biological means.
    Organic waste is easily processed at domestic and medium to industrial scale by means of vermicomposting and composting. Vermicompost, vermitea and compost greatly improve the fertility and health of our soil, and will become increasingly important resources to ensure our food security, as we reduce our dependance on inorganic fertilisers produced from fossil fuels.
    ÔÇ£Waste not and Want NotÔÇØ.
    ÔÇ£OneÔÇÖs trash is somebodyÔÇÖs treasureÔÇÖ.
    Put the WASTE to WORK: To get inexhaustible energy and to maintain clean environment.
    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

    Posted by: Anonymous | 2 years ago | Reply
  • The satyamev jayate season2

    The satyamev jayate season2 episode on solid waste management by AAMIR Khan really helped give easier and cheaper solutions in solid waste mgt. If the jan lokpal bill brought forward by AAP is really implemented, all these examples of waste of taxpayer money by deliberate clearance of GROSSLY inflated and dubiously implemented schemes would become a thing of the past.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 2 years ago | Reply
  • This article is Very much

    This article is Very much informative. It could be used to create awareness in the public for to show, what is happening by their attitude of producing, disposing such huge quantity of waste on road. At least in bangalore city Authority BBMP can impose 3R's (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) strategic plan at the earliest. Otherwise it will be too late to mitigate the waste piles on the road.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 2 years ago | Reply
  • Being in Bangalore we know

    Being in Bangalore we know the reality, there is garbage everywhere, very unscientific collection and disposal, what is needed is the following:
    1) Each household given three covers in one biodegradable an in other recycling and in third medical, waste. etc
    2)At all public places strategically containers kept to collect these waste
    3)Each area will have one big unit where that particular area all garbage will be processed, the rag pickers of that area will be used here
    4)Big malls etc. ensure that the public have the option of depositing back the covers, cartoon box, etc.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 2 years ago | Reply
  • There are lot many

    There are lot many opportunity to manage the waste and also create wealth from it. However, there are certain policy intervention is required so that new enetrprise may come into this field. One of the idea is of policy on manure/ biocompost from waste. If government make it compulsory for use of certain amount of biocompost to be blended or mixed with chemical fertilizers or make it compulsory for fertilizer industry to market biocompost on similar line as of fertilizers then many enterprenuers would venture into this field.
    Use of compost will also ensutre that nutrient of the soil gets back to it.
    The draft Rule of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) 2013 should also be amended on this idea.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 2 years ago | Reply
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    Posted by: Anonymous | one year ago | Reply
  • Dear Sir, Great Article. So

    Dear Sir,

    Great Article. So very informative.

    Warm Regards
    Nikhil Gupta

    Posted by: Anonymous | one year ago | Reply
  • It is daily effective news

    It is daily effective news about waste,so i appeal to you all please,please do something great for proper waste management so that you and your next generation can life happily not only pune and Bangalore but also any where on the earth.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 11 months ago | Reply
  • Excellent write up on Pune Municipal Corporations Garbage management. The one and only scientific solution to effectively dispose off organic waste is through biodigesters. Large scale biodigester units can be built to convert the organic waste in to Methane and liquid slurry. This methane gas can be used for cooking or else converted in to power as the case may be. We don't need any more experiments to prove the functionality or the science behind converting organic waste in to methane gas. We just need to implement it across the country in every city. Hyderabad generates around 4500 M.T.s of garbage and nearly 70% is organic. Bangalore generates even more up to 6000 M.T.s of garbage and 70% of it is organic. In fact it is the same inn every state with slight change in garbage output. What is needed now is a firm conviction and commitment on the part of governments, municipal bodies to implement. Lot of N.G.O.s and Corporate are willing to participate in this social mission. A strong drive is what required.

    Posted by: Rammohan Potturi | 3 months ago | Reply
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