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


    Assessing the impact of mechanised road sweepers on reducing road dust

    TERI undertakes first-of-its-kind audit for South Delhi

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  • energy access


    Plastic ban in Tamil Nadu - EPR linkage and incentive model are key for success

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    Addressing socio-cultural barriers is key to ensuring reuse of treated waste water

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    Reducing short lived climate pollutants from solid waste sector in India

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    Maharashtra govt. sets up TERI's biomass gasifier at landfill site to manage waste

    Energy generated from plant supports power requirements of the site in Navi Mumbai

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A green agenda: Converting waste to wealth

TERI Web Desk

A key issue in management of urban waste streams is to generate reliable data on waste inventory.

Addressing socio-cultural barriers is key to ensuring reuse of treated waste water

Ms Mehar Kaur

Important to address socio, psychological and cultural barriers to ensure reuse of treated waste water

Auditing Mechanical Road Sweeping machines in North MCD

Mr Sourabh Manuja

Independent assessment of mechanized street sweeping in North Delhi Municipal Corporation

Plastic ban in Tamil Nadu - EPR linkage and incentive model are key for success

Mr Kaushik Chandrasekhar
Dr Suneel Pandey

Tamil Nadu is set to enforce a ban on the use of plastic commodities including non-biodegradable carry bags, single-use cups, plates and straws, beginning the first of January, 2019.

Delhi and Pune municipal solid waste treatment plants – learnings for other cities

Mr Sourabh Manuja
Ms Pallavi Gulati

TERI recently implemented a project in partnership with Climate and Clean Air Coalition (waste initiative) to reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) from the municipal solid waste sector.

What after Petcoke?

Mr Anshu Yadav
Ms Anubhuti Bhatnagar

A look at options for the cement industry in the face of a possible petcoke ban


Kick-off workshop: Implementing low carbon measures in the waste sector

January 25, 2019
to January 25, 2019
Dr Suneel Pandey, Director, Environment & Waste Management, TERI with Mr Sudhir Mahajan, Secretary, Urban Development, Government of Goa

Chief Sustainability Officers Forum Meeting 2018

August 28, 2018
to August 28, 2018

Session details

Knowledge sessions covering current and emerging sustainable practices in global environment, energy transition in India and emerging financial instruments for sustainability. Action and consultation sessions on Collaborative approaches to waste management, SDGs and Indian Businesses and Matchmaking sustainability challenges with business solutions

Who should participate?

Chief Sustainability Officers/ Designated officers leading sustainability functions Representative from TER

TERI celebrates World Environment Day 2018

June 2, 2018
to June 5, 2018
TERI celebrates World Environment Day 2018

As India officially hosts World Environment Day this y

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.

Webinar on "Project and bid evaluation for waste treatment and disposal technologies"

November 30, 2017
to November 30, 2017

The SWM Rules 2016 also highlight the importance of creating public awareness through information, education and awareness campaigns to educate the waste generator on-not littering, minimizing waste generation and reuse of waste, segregation of waste and composting. Communication plays a pivotal role in ensuring compliance with the rules and successful implementation of planned strategies.

Webinar on Effective Communication Strategies for Enabling Solid Waste Management Activities

November 24, 2017
to November 24, 2017

The SWM Rules 2016 also highlight the importance of creating public awareness through information, education and awareness campaigns to educate the waste generator on-not littering, minimizing waste generation and reuse of waste, segregation of waste and composting.


Water, sanitation and hygiene must be looked at holistically

March 21, 2019
| Dr Syamal Kumar Sarkar
| The Hindu Business Line

Estimates show that around 1.8 billion people globally use a source of drinking water that are faecally contaminated, and some 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation sources such as toilets or latrines. In India, 163 million people lack access to safe water and 210 million people are without access to improved sanitation (2017). Hygiene poses another challenge; safe drinking water and sanitation in the absence of hygienic habits will not prevent feco-oral infections.

Efficient management of waste disposal sites can curb air pollution

November 14, 2018
| Dr Suneel Pandey
| Hindustan Times

The practical way to deal with legacy dumpsites, which are a source of local air pollution and fire accidents, is to stabilise the slopes. We must start recovering the landfill gas and then either flaring or harvesting it to be used as a potential fuel. Once these dumps have been stabilised and most of the landfill gas recovered, the dumps can be opened, and their content mined into compostable, combustibles and inerts. The combustibles can be further processed into refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and used as a source of energy, either in industries or cement kilns.

E-waste processing: A problem of scale

July 18, 2018
| Dr Suneel Pandey
| The Financial Express

E-waste in India, as in other countries, is the fastest-growing waste stream. Though the current generation of e-waste is not as high as other waste streams like municipal solid waste, industrial waste or construction and demolition debris, its current state of management is causing environment pollution while recovery and recycling of value from it in informal sector remains a cause of concern. It is crucial to look at the present capacity created for e-waste processing, with respect to their locations vis-à-vis hot spots for e-waste generation.

The Plastic Trap

June 20, 2018 |
June 20, 2018
The Hindu Business Line

A discussion paper prepared by TERI titled, 'Opportunities and Challenges of Plastics Waste Management' was released by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The Ministry and TERI have entered into an MoU to set up a Government cell that would provide a platform to include resource efficiency in all future public policies. Plastic waste would be one of the targets. According to TERI's paper, the average per capita plastic consumption in India is about 11 kg, and though it is much lower than the global average of 28 kg, only 60 per cent of it gets recycled.

World Environment Day: To counter single-use plastic, realistic 'extended producer responsibility' targets must be set

June 6, 2018 |
June 6, 2018
First Post

In a paper titled "Challenges and Opportunities: Plastic Waste Management in India", published by TERI, the clause of 'extended producers responsibility' (EPR) has been deconstructed. It talks about a need for a real-time assessment and a state-wise mapping of producers and plastic demand and supply in order to formulate realistic EPR targets. Furthermore, it recommends that pilot EPR models for low-hanging fruits such as the completely recyclable PET must be explored.

Heatwaves are health and economic risks

June 5, 2018
| Ms Vidhu Gupta
| Mr Barath Mahadevan
| Mint

Recognizing the adverse health impact and potential decline in economic productivity, several states such as Gujarat, Odisha and Telangana have formulated action plans to address the adaptation to heatwaves. In response to the extreme heatwave event of 2010, the city of Ahmedabad was the first in Asia to develop a Heat Action Plan which laid the foundation for similar initiatives in other cities. While many city and state-led initiatives are now past the design stage, several key gaps are emerging as far as implementation of the heat action plans is concerned.


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