There is also a need to address the issue of greywater — the water from bathroom and kitchen — which continues to pollute water bodies and is a public health concern
Swachh Bharat Mission: We may be ODF, but not garbage free
No plastic ban: What it means for India?
India needs a strategic direction on single-use plastics
India’s plastic waste situation wasn’t created today
Let’s chart the issue and see what it’s made of
Plastic waste management: What can India learn from other countries
Some countries succeeded in tackling th eplastic problem, while some took a step ahead before slipping back
Can bioplastics save us from drowning in our own waste?
Alternatives like paper, cloth, biodegradable plastics, glass, etc have relative merits and no single alternative can be the solution to what is essentially a crisis caused by human behaviour
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: What are the barriers for toilet construction
Ability to raise the initial funds, lack of space in urban slums and lack of awareness is hampering the sanitation programme
Sri Lanka Court of Appeal to intervene in UK waste trade scam
Since east Asian countries are closing the loopholes in their waste trade laws, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh seem to be the new targets
Can plastic packaging be avoided? This initiative shows the way
Interweaving sustainability, responsibility and social welfare, some enterprises offer and induce customers to choose and become eco-conscious
Delhi rubble diaries
A casual investigation by a CSE researcher reveals that most municipal employees in the national capital neither know, nor care about proper ways to dispose construction waste safely
Recycle waste 'In-my-Backyard'
The business of recycling only works when it discounts the costs of health and environment of poor people working in dangerous conditions
States now aspire to get ODF plus tag
Here’s a status update on how certain states are trying to promote holistic cleanliness
Was Goa’s burning Sonsoddo landfill a stunt or something else?
Uncannily, the fire at the waste treatment plant came just a day before Malaysia announced it was giving plastic waste imports back to western nations
Waste trade: Is this right?
Waste is a resource for traders as they cannot afford to let it be burnt, but there is waste that cannot be recycled and has to be burnt
What Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0 should be like?
While the mission got people talking about sanitation and cleanliness, its implementation needs a lot of work
Is green menstruation possible?
One sanitary pad could take 500 to 800 years to decompose as the plastic used is non-biodegradable and can lead to health and environmental hazards
My plastic marine litter or yours?
The issue of marine plastic litter warrants bold new answers and strong action and urgent measures if we want to save our planet (and ourselves)
Can India afford online food orders and takeaways?
The mineral water bottles we order, packaged food we buy and disposable cutlery we use are choking our planet. So let’s practice a few greener ways of living suggested here
Is waste on the govt’s mind?
The new government will need to prioritise this in the coming years, otherwise we will run out of resources, poison our environment and have landfills all around
Paradigm shift in transborder plastic waste trade
Agreement reached at 14th Conference of Parties to the Basel Convention to make global trade in plastic scrap more transparent and better regulated
Recycling of e-waste in India and its potential
Since India is highly deficient in precious mineral resources while untreated e-waste goes to landfill, there is need for a well designed, regulated e-waste recovery regime which would generate jobs as well as wealth
What happens to our shit once we are done with it?
SFD Week: From treatment technologies to the genetics of faecal sludge
Open defecation in an ODF district in Rajasthan
Here's a travelogue to four tribal villages in Rajasthan's Sirohi district, which has been declared open-defecation free; but there are barely any toilets constructed or used
A burning question
Waste-to-energy plants are being touted as a wonder solution for garbage management. But how feasible is this option?