Start-ups tap into novel techniques to not just collect garbage and process it in an environment-friendly manner, but also convert it into something of value
Bengaluru's largest lake catches fire yet again; waste burning, untreated sewage to be blamed
Bengaluru orders compulsory waste segregation by households, but challenges remain
Africa's waste challenge
Two steps ahead
After becoming the first large state to achieve total sanitation, Himachal Pradesh is all geared up to manage its ...
Ethiopia curbed open defecation at fastest rate; what can India learn?
Unlike India, Ethiopia has recognised sanitation as a health problem and focused on behavioural change over toilet construction
States commit to waste segregation at source, but decentralisation not yet a priority
Decentralised solutions will cut transportation costs and make households and institutions part of the solution
Government still chasing toilets, but that won’t solve sanitation issues: experts
The government is still correlating the number of toilets built with open defecation-free status of villages
Down To Earth wins Indian Sanitation Coalition-FICCI award for its coverage on sanitation
Besides sustained campaigns on sanitation, Down To Earth has been exploring the connection between sanitation and health in order ...
Only 8 per cent of wastewater in low-income countries undergoes treatment: UN
Failing to address wastewater as a social and environmental problem would nullify other efforts towards achieving 2030 Agenda for ...
Caterpillars could hold the key to managing plastic waste: study
Moth caterpillars, which bio-degrade polyethylene found in plastic bags, can help scientists find a viable solution to the plastic ...
Swachh Survekshan 2017 results on May 4; government says signs are ‘encouraging’
Besides covering larger number of cities and towns, this year’s survey also gives more importance to citizen feedback
Swachh Survekshan 2017: Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh among cleanest states; UP at bottom
Indore, Bhopal, Surat and Vadodara are among the top 10 cleanest cities in India
Swachh Survekshan 2017 encouraging unsustainable approaches for waste management: CSE
Says the survey should give preference to waste segregation and recycle and reuse over centralised approaches like landfill and ...
How Baddi pharma waste can make your medicines ineffective
The waste contains active ingredients used in antibiotics and may be contributing to the spread of antimicrobial resistance. It is ...
Explainer: why we should be turning waste into fuel
Recycling has been the main approach for recovering resources and reducing landfill over the past 20 years, but a ...
Pune’s draft bye-laws threaten existing model of plastic waste management
The bye-laws not only threaten the existing SWaCH model but also lacks clarity on guidelines for extended producer responsibility
Using tannery waste in fields turning soil toxic: study
Researchers studied soil and groundwater samples from farms irrigated by tannery effluents in and around Kanpur city in Uttar ...
A clean miss
The new Swachh Survekshan ranking promotes cities with poor waste management practices
Where will segregated waste go? Cities are clueless
A country-wide waste segregation campaign also needs to be backed up by a plan for treatment and processing
Potato peel, fruit waste turned into packaging material
Scientists at the Tezpur University in Assam have made thin biopolymer films from potato peels and fruit waste to ...
Pick the no waste option
The Kerala government popularises a model that minimises the creation of waste
Swachh Survekshan 2018 to incorporate sustainable waste management practices
Last year's survey encouraged unviable practices giving preference to centralised waste management
Why Panaji should not give up on decentralised waste management
The City Corporation of Panaji wants to discontinue the decentralised waste management system that helped it become a bin-free ...
Panaji is one of India's cleanest cities. Why is it backtracking?