International Day of Zero Waste 2024: 'Encouraging Zero-Waste Efforts'

29 Mar 2024
| ETV Bharat

The International Day of Zero Waste emphasises the critical need to bolster waste management globally and the importance of sustainable production and consumption practices. The Union Ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change (UMCD) is responsible for waste management in India. India's waste management regulations are predicated on the concepts of "polluter pays," "sustainable development," and "precaution." According to TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), every year India

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Centre issues guidelines on solid waste management in aquaculture units

20 Mar 2024
| Business Standard

The Centre has introduced new guidelines for solid waste management in coastal aquaculture units to promote sustainable practices in the aquaculture sector. These instructions delineate protocols spanning from waste handling to prohibiting its burning. According to a report by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India produces over 62 million tonnes (MT) of waste in a year. Only 43 MT of the total generated waste gets collected, with 12 MT being treated before disposal, and the

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India recycles only 8 percent of its plastic waste, reveals study

05 Feb 2024
| The Week

India recycles only 8 percent of its plastic waste, reveals a new study. And if the "business as usual" continues, the recycling capacity would only marginally go up to 11 percent by 2035, with India's plastic use expected to rise to 70.5 million tonnes (MT) by then from the current production of 24.1 MT. The astonishing findings are part of a report titled ‘The National Circular Economy Roadmap for Reducing Plastic Waste in India' prepared by leading research organisations, three each

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Methane curbs: A bullet India cannot avoid biting

01 Jan 2024
| Outlook Business

India, the fourth-largest emitter of methane, has so far refrained from making any commitment at the global level to reduce emission of the greenhouse gas. Dr Suneel Pandey, Director, Environment and Waste Management TERI said uncontrolled methane emissions happen from poor management of food waste and other biodegradable waste. For cities, there is a need to improve segregation at source and ensure that biodegradable waste is managed at the ward level itself preferably by feeding it

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GCC cracks down on big bulk waste generators, imposes fine

10 Oct 2023
| The Times of India

To tackle the menace, the GCC is in talks with TERI, a research think-tank to take sessions for BWGs on rules, penalties and impacts of dumping bulk waste in GCC bins. Ms V Videesha, research associate, waste management division, TERI, said they would be speaking on how BWGs could manage organic waste composting, producing bio-gas and outsourcing them.

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Dhapa garbage hits recycle hurdle

08 Jul 2023
| The Telegraph

Items like metal, rags and paper have good demand in the recycling chain. The authorities must look into this issue. There is no reason why recyclers would not be interested in them said Dr Suneel Pandey, Senior Director, TERI.

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Plastic bans created awareness but stricter enforcement needed

07 Jun 2023
| The Times of India

While most large businesses have shifted to non-SUP alternatives the problem persists with smaller vendors who find them costly compared with plastic, intense awareness drives, stricter monitoring and an incentive system will help the smaller vendors give up SUPs says Mr Suneel Pandey, Director of the Environment and Waste Management Division at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

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PROMISE Sustainability Awards Conferred

31 May 2023
| Outlook India

The key focus of the conference was sharing of best practices in tackling marine litter across countries of the Maldives, Sri Lanka and India. In the first panel discussion on EPR framework for tackling marine litter which highlighted the EPR framework for plastics and its implementation aspects especially with regard to the MSME sector. The panel was moderated by Dr Suneel Pandey, Director, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and joined by other eminent experts of waste management

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From Assembly to markets, plastics find their way around Delhi ban

24 Apr 2023
| The Hindu

Over the past ten months, the Delhi government restricted the use of 19 single-use plastic products and plastic bags under 120 microns in thickness; however, these products are still used openly. Dr Suneel Pandey, Director, Environment and Waste Management Division, TERI, said unchecked manufacturing of plastic items and lax implementation of the ban is responsible for the resurgence of SUP products. Mr. Pandey said one solution could be for the government to hand-hold manufacturers during

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Plastic ban ambit wider but violation rampant in Kolkata

02 Jan 2023
| The Telegraph

To shift from making a plastic bag that is 50 microns or less in thickness to making a bag 120-micron thick will need some modification in machinery. Many manufacturers, who work with little capital, find it difficult to make the investment. They are waiting for some handholding from the government, said Dr Suneel Pandey, Director, TERI.

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UNCRD-AARC deliberates on redefining multi-layer packaging plastic waste

29 Nov 2022
| Asian News International

During the webinar "Redefining Multi-Layer Packaging Plastic Waste (Category III)," organized by UNCRD and AARC, Dr Suneel Pandey, Senior Director, TERI, said that regulation for promoting 3R, circular economy practices can speed up the effort to reduce end-of-life combustion.

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Dhapa fumes trigger pain for eyes and lungs

13 Oct 2022
| The Telegraph

Fire at Dhapa landfill in Kolkata is self-sustained by methane supply from biodegradable waste. Methane is formed when biodegradable wastes degrade without contact with air as layers of the new waste pile over them. Once the methane gas is formed, it escapes through any fissure it finds, said Dr Sunil Pandey, Director of Environment & Waste Management Division, TERI.

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