India's waste management crisis has serious implications for its environment, economy and public health. We focus on creating technologies and solutions that minimize waste generation and convert all waste into useful products. This includes initiatives to promote a circular economy through resource efficient and cleaner production in industries, and maximize resource recovery and recycling for landfill-free cities.



  • lighting billion lives


    Fighting Plastics: Is ban the way ahead?

    Capacity of the local governments to impose a ban ensuring the necessary monitoring mechanism remains a challenge

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  • energy access


    Concerns and opportunities in waste recycling in India

    Challenges of implementing the waste recycling and processing in India

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  • micro credit


    GOBAR-DHAN – Re-emphasizing India's traditional practices

    Biogas is an easy solution to wet waste, but a self-sustainable model requires impetus from the government in the form of subsidy

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  • rural-energy


    Green soil

    Making soil from biodegradable waste and growing over a 100 plant varieties in Pune

  • plenary landfill


    One man's trash is another man's gold

    How big businesses can combat India's landfill problem

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India@ 70: Concerns and Opportunities in Waste Recycling In India

Ms Rajeshwari Ganesan

Dr Suneel Pandey and his team discussed opportunities in waste recycling sector and the challenges of implementing the waste processing technologies in the India@70 seminar on Concerns and Opportunities in Waste Recycling In India held at TERI. The focus was on waste to energy projects and the potential markets in developing countries.

Fighting Plastics: Is ban the way ahead?

Mr Kaushik Chandrasekhar
Dr Suneel Pandey

Capacity of the local governments to impose a ban ensuring the necessary monitoring mechanism remains a challenge


Capacity Building Workshop on 'Enhancing City Readiness on Solid Waste Management'

December 19, 2017
to December 20, 2017

TERI is the implementing partner of Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) in India. CCAC, a global initiative under UNEP is working with stakeholders around the world to significantly reduce short lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) like methane, black carbon etc. across the municipal solid waste sector, bringing together cities, countries, and international organizations to implement sustainable waste management systems. The initiative in India is presently engaged with Chennai, Coimbatore, East Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Pune and Mumbai for solid waste management related activities.

Project and bid evaluation for waste treatment and disposal technologies

November 30, 2017
to November 30, 2017

This webinar on project and bid evaluation will emphasise on the importance of pre-requisites for successful project implementation.

Webinar on Effective Communication Strategies for Enabling Solid Waste Management Activities

November 24, 2017
to November 24, 2017

The webinar discussed the communication strategies for solid waste management and the support that Central/ State Govt. can provide to ULBs for better formulation of solid waste communication strategy.


Navi Mumbai's first 'waste-to-energy' project to be inaugurated in 2 weeks

April 26, 2018 |
April 26, 2018
Hindustan Times

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has readied its first-ever waste-to-energy plant in the city. The civic body along with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has developed a unit wherein coconut waste will be processed to generate electricity. The plant has been developed near the dumping ground in Turbhe.

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Pilot project in Margao works towards cleaning Sal

April 13, 2018 |
April 13, 2018
The Times of India

River Sal in Salcete, Goa has been a major cause of worry in recent years, due to its rising pollution levels. The department of biological sciences of BITS Pilani KK Birla, Goa Campus, is now working towards finding a solution. This project is in collaboration with TERI, Goa. Using funds from thecentral government's department of science and technology, 500sq m of wetland will be created near the Margao fish market at a cost of around Rs 20 lakh. This will be a pilot demonstration to treat effluents from a drain flowing into the river.

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Air pollution, waste management continue to be areas of concern: report

April 4, 2018 |
April 4, 2018
Business Standard

Air pollution and waste management continue to be areas of concern and in 2016, over 68 per cent of air quality monitoring sites exceeded the annual ambient concentration level of PM2.5, according to a report by TERI. TERI has launched its yearly data directory TERI Energy Data Directory and Yearbook (TEDDY) 2018. The yearbook said air pollution and waste management are still areas of concern. Data from 2015 shows that almost all states experienced high concentrations of PM10, exceeding CPCB standards.

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Discussion Paper on Faecal Sludge Management in Urban India: Policies, Practices, and Possibilities

December 9, 2016

Urban Sanitation and Need for Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) in India The Government of India has undertaken an ambitious social change endeavour of clean and open defecation free (ODF) India. Sustained efforts in this direction has improved the sanitation scenario in India, which in turn would help in achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 6 of universal and equitable access to safe and aff ordable drinking water and adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all.


Area Convenor, Resource Efficient Technologies
Director, Environment & Waste Management
Area Convenor, Centre for Waste Management