Waste

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.

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Projects

Articles

A Sustainable Development Agenda: Plastic and Biomedical Waste Post COVID-19

Dr Girija K Bharat

In this article, Hans Nicolai Adam, Emmy Noklebye, and Girija K Bharat discuss biomedical and plastic waste management in the post COVID-19 world. The authors focus on the role of the informal sector, which plays a significant role in India's waste management systems, and is assuming a growing role in plastic waste management. Yet, the informal waste management sector remains highly vulnerable, as evidenced by the authors' study.

TERI's Waste NAMA project collaborates with The Goan to spread awareness in Panaji

TERI Web Desk

GIZ India and TERI under the Indo-German project titled 'Development and Management of Waste NAMA (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action) in India' have adopted the city of Panaji for pilot demonstration of better waste management practices.

प्लास्टिक कूड़े के ढेर बन रहे हैं हमारे समुद्र: मिलकर उठाने होंगे कदम

Ms Twinkle Dev
,
Dr Suneel Pandey

महासागर सबसे बड़े डंपिंग ग्राउंड बन रहे हैं जिसमें हर साल एक मिलियन टन प्लास्टिक कूड़ा पहुँच रहा है। महासागरों में मौजूद लगभग 80 फीसदी कूड़ा, प्लास्टिक का कूड़ा है। इससे समुद्री आबादी जोखिम में है। प्लास्टिक कचरे का उचित प्रबंधन कर इसे रोका जा सकता है।

Reduce marine plastic litter now to turn challenges into opportunities

Ms Twinkle Dev
,
Dr Suneel Pandey

Marine plastic litter is a global result of our local actions and inactions. The focus should not only be on removing plastic but also on the creation of economic models, development of strategies, and proper prediction of future consumption patterns.

Creating awareness among school children for leveraging the use of treated wastewater in India

Ms Mani Juneja
,
Ms Neha

The per capita water availability depends upon the population of the country and with the increasing population; the per capita availability of India is reducing and is expected to reach 1,367 cubic meters in 2021. As per Niti Aayog, 21 major cities (including Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Hyderabad) are racing towards zero groundwater levels, affecting access for 100 million people. In such a situation we need to look for alternate sources of water to meet our ever-increasing demands as water conservation and efficient use will not suffice.

क्या कोरोना के कहर से बच पाएंगे रिसाइक्लिंग से जुड़े अनौपचारिक क्षेत्र के कूड़ा इकठ्ठा करने वाले लोग?

Mr Sourabh Manuja

कोरोना वायरस की इस वैश्विक आपदा में न सिर्फ़ कूड़ा प्रबंधन की बल्कि अनौपचारिक क्षेत्र से जुड़े कचरा इकठ्ठा करने वाले लोगों की दशा दयनीय है। कचरा प्रबंधन के इस दौर में, भारत में लगभग 40 लाख अनौपचारिक कूड़ा इकठ्ठा करने वाले हैं। जहाँ भारत की राजधानी दिल्ली में अकेले ही लगभग 5 लाख अनौपचारिक कूड़ा इकठ्ठा करने वाले रहते हैं, वही भारत के प्राचीन शहर वाराणसी में ये लोग लगभग 12000 हैं जो कि इस अचानक से हुए लॉकडाउन में यथा स्थिति में फंसे हुए हैं।

Events

Webinar on Plastic Pollution amidst COVID-19: Protector or Polluter

July 31, 2020
to July 31, 2020

During COVID-19, the management of single-use plastic (SUP) items remains a challenge in India. TERI is hosting a webinar on plastic waste management and raising public awareness on plastic pollution.

Webinar on 'Waste Management under COVID-19: Challenges and Solutions'

April 29, 2020
to April 29, 2020

COVID-19 outbreak was declared as pandemic and health emergency was announced by the World Health Organisation on March 11, 2020. Research studies also revealed that waste materials like cardboard, plastics and steel also are carriers of COVID-19 virus and it can last upto 72 hours on these, reflecting concerns for waste stream workers and recyclers.

Webinar on Sanitation and urban poor in the context of COVID-19

April 27, 2020
to April 27, 2020

Objective

To envision a new world post COVID-19 in the context of urban sanitation and planning and define the priorities for action by the development community.

Webinar on marketing products from waste

February 28, 2020
to February 28, 2020

Large amounts of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) generated has become an increasing problem in all tourist destinations.

Webinar on 'Bid evaluation, processing, and tendering to set up waste management and treatment technologies'

November 29, 2019
to November 29, 2019

Large amounts of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) generated has become an increasing problem in all tourist destinations.

Webinar on Best practices to manage organic waste locally - Focusing on energy production through anaerobic digestion and fermentation

November 15, 2019
to November 15, 2019

Large amounts of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) generated has become an increasing problem in all tourist destinations.

News

In Last Seven Months, India Generated Around 33,000 Tonnes COVID-19 Waste, Maharashtra Biggest Contributor: Report

January 12, 2021 |
January 12, 2021
Swachh India NDTV

According to Mr Sourabh Manuja, Fellow, Centre for Waste Management, Environment & Waste Management Division at TERI, our cities need appropriate training and capacity building along with the infrastructure to manage the bio-medical waste they generate, including domestic hazardous waste.

The environmental challenge posed by cigarette butt litter

January 9, 2021
| Mr Kaushik Chandrasekhar
,
| Dr Suneel Pandey
| Hindustan Times

Cellulose acetate-based cigarette filter is considered the world's most littered form of plastic. With close to 4.5 trillion butts polluting the global environment, this form of litter accounts for close to 26,454 tonnes of waste generated annually in India. Though one of the neglected waste streams, Oceans Conservancy, an international advocacy group, categorised cigarette butts as second among the top three articles collected during beach clean-ups globally.

A push to sort out the urban waste crisis

December 26, 2020
| Mr Jai Gaurav
| Mr Sourabh Manuja
| The Pioneer

All policymakers and administrators dealing in waste management thoroughly understand the wealth potential associated with this MSW, which can be unlocked with appropriate energy and economic linkages, yet the codes to unlock such potentials are not unified. Once mixed, many potentially recyclable items lose their value for recycling. Hence, segregation at source is the key to manage MSW in an efficient manner.

Are we at sea on marine plastic pollution?

November 11, 2020
| Mr Karan Mangotra
,
| Mr Kaushik Chandrasekhar
| The Financial Express

India is considered the twelfth-largest source of marine litter and is projected to become the fifth-largest by 2025. The Ganga has been documented as one of the top-five rivers dumping plastics into oceans. India, as per 2017-18 estimates, consumes 16.5 mt of plastic annually, 43% of which was towards the manufacture of single-use plastic material. The Covid-19 outbreak has exacerbated this situation, with the pandemic demanding the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as suits, masks and gloves that are often discarded in unscientific ways.

'Waste Nama' will write a new version of clean India, know what is the plan for the city of Varanasi

October 29, 2020 |
October 29, 2020
Jagran

According to TERI, which is actively involved in solid waste management at Varanasi, the Solid Waste Emissions Estimation Tool (SWEET) is being used for emissions estimates for Varanasi as well as Panaji under the Varanasi Waste NAMA programme.

Manage plastic waste effectively

October 15, 2020
| Mr Sourabh Manuja
| The Hindu Business Line

Plastics, as materials, are not an issue, but it is their management that has been a challenge. Their negative impact on the environment, specifically marine life, comes from land-based activities. India generates around 26,000 tonnes of plastics every day from urban areas. The informal sector plays an important role in the management of plastics. The recycling rate of plastics in India is expected to be around 60 per cent, though 94 per cent of plastics that we use a Sourabh Manuja re of thermoset category and can be recycled.

Policy

Plastic Waste Management: Turning Challenges into Opportunities

December 2, 2020

Plastics not only are enduring, lightweight, and available at low prices, but also have very good thermal and electrical insulation properties. The versatile properties of various plastic polymers— being water-resistant, non-porous, ductile and malleable—make them suitable for manufacturing a wide range of products that also bring medical and technological advances in our modern society.

G20 Circular Carbon Economy: Fostering Circularity in Plastics

October 27, 2020

Fostering circularity in plastic use is an effective way to reduce contamination of marine and coastal environments with plastics and man-made debris. However, there are many challenges down this path.

Nutrient pollution in the South Asia Seas (SAS)

December 3, 2019

Anthropogenic activities like (i) agriculture fertilisers, (ii) coastal pisciculture, (i) sewage discharge, (iv) industrial activity, (v) burning fossil fuels and (vi) effluents from ports increase nutrients in surface water and seas. Nitrate pollution is largely caused by agriculture run-off, discharge from industry and manure or sewage. Phosphate pollution is tied to improper treatment of detergents in wastewater and from agro-fertilisers.

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.

Team

Fellow and Area Convener, Resource Efficient Technologies
Director, Environment & Waste Management
Area Convener, Centre for Waste Management