Waste

Solving India’s garbage problem

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

 
By Sunita Narain
Last Updated: Wednesday 19 September 2018

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  • New technologies are always heard of where the waste was recycled unto something fruitful like the tetra packs could be converted into desks and benches, polyblend made from waste plastic could be used for making roads. Why cant these techniques be used to recycle all that waste. Why only a section of that particular waste material used and the rest dumped in landfills

    Posted by: Diksha Garg | 3 years ago | Reply
  • A real shame. Organic waste is still being dumped rather than processed.
    Now modern machinery makes it possible to convert organic waste into compost, odorless and on a large scale,
    at a cost lower than the dumping charges at the landfill !
    Why the authorities do not use them?

    Posted by: Jan Coenen | 2 years ago | Reply
  • Since returning from India, I have been reading many articles about waste management, except for a few organizations that are working with educating children, almost none of them mention the ubiquitous habit of just throwing one's garbage onto the ground or in a local sewer.
    One of the biggest problems I witnessed is that there just was NOT ANYWHERE to put garbage. So everyone from people walking and living on the streets to the many tiny cottage industries, thought is was OK to just throw their garbage anywhere into the landscape, into the rivers, sewers, railway tracks or any fragment of non paved land that they could find. In places even the trees were laden with all sorts of lightweight refuse that had been blown into the branches. Besides figuring out better ways to recycle and where to put everything, the country has to make an effort to provide more garbage pick up and especially places for people to put their daily garbage and MOST of all a serious awareness of the effects of the toxic garbage that is blanketing the country and a powerful impetus to start people thinking that it is not OK to just throw everything and anything out the window.

    Posted by: Fern, CANADA | 2 years ago | Reply
  • Chandigarh adminstration is dumping whole garbage of city on the doorsteps of local residence of sector 38(west) from more than 40 years, they burns garbage in routine to dump more and more garbage in openly.
    People are suffering from serious breathing and skin infections and many had been died so far, you can see the data of local hospitals.
    This is very shameful for our system that one side they says we are no. 1 city and giving best facilities to our youths and on the other hand you giving them a slow and painful death from last 40 years and nobody is answerable for this mentality, some time it seems that all are buntch of crooks...

    Posted by: Rajesh Chauhan | 2 years ago | Reply
  • Improper management of waste disposal is generated throughout decades. It is like a chronic disease and not acute. There is no magical stick or trick to solve the problem. To solve the problem everyone has to take responsibility of its own garbage sorting and then disposing it in proper manner. The process will take time, but will be permanently solved. Changing habits is solution and not blaming the authorities.
    If you study the management of developed countries about waste disposal then it took them 10+ years to implement proper management and they learnt from their mistakes. It is difficult to manage and maintain but not impossible.

    Posted by: Pankaj Sharma | 2 years ago | Reply
  • Nice to hear words from the head directer and also got to know whats currently happenings on these type of situations.

    Posted by: Naman Singh | one year ago | Reply
  • In rains the garbage becomes heavy due to the open garbage system hence difficult to carry and heavy therefore petrol consumption of the transport vehicle increases.

    Posted by: Sunita Dsouza | one year ago | Reply
  • Why not use existing technology to solve the problem of organic waste?
    Mobile machines that are easy to operate, work efficiently, odorless and affordable.
    They exist and are in use in Europe for several years.
    Perhaps it's a lack of interest with the authorities?

    Posted by: Jan Coenen | one year ago | Reply
  • We have completely no land fill zero pollution msw management Systems.

    Posted by: AMARDEEPSHARMA | one year ago | Reply
  • What will you do if you see the garbage in your locality


    Posted by: Varun | one year ago | Reply
  • India have such a huge desert. Moving the garbage from City’s to desert from train will benefit both cities and deserts.
    After few year desert may get converted to forest.
    But waste must be segregated

    Posted by: Pritam | one year ago | Reply
  • Its good that our country is processing further

    Posted by: Krushna | one year ago | Reply
  • This is also our responsibility to keep our India good

    Posted by: Adil | 10 months ago | Reply
  • Your concern & write up is good, but I need a detailed project report on handling about 300/400 tons of solid waste everyday.If you know any company who can guide us to installing plant to handle all types of waste. Best who have been successful unit's contact nos for reference.

    Posted by: Ajay Patnaik | 9 months ago | Reply
  • I need this for my school project. I like this essay so much and submit it. I get the highest marks in class.

    Posted by: Akash | 9 months ago | Reply
  • very useful essay. got three ⭐️⭐️⭐️for project

    Posted by: Angel | 8 months ago | Reply
  • We need reduce the unwanted use of plastics

    Posted by: MOHAMMED HAMI | 5 months ago | Reply
  • It has been noted that BMC and private garbage collectors who pick up garbage in garbage trucks immediately empty out the stinking garbage in the truck which of course flies all over and the stench is unbearable. Why can’t they take the bags as they are to the source..?

    Posted by: Linda Mellocastro | 4 months ago | Reply