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

Microbeads: A Brewing Environmental Concern

Mr Kaushik Chandrasekhar

The prevalence of microplastics in the environment has become a major global concern. Plastics based on their size are broadly classified as Macro and Microplastics (<5 mm) and enter the environment through various routes.

A link towards integrating informal sector may complete the EPR mechanism

Mr Kaushik Chandrasekhar
,
Dr Suneel Pandey

India generates close to 3.46 million tonnes of plastic waste annually and CPCB estimates suggest close to 60% of this waste is recycled.

नए प्लास्टिक नियमों के ठोस निष्पादन से हो सकता है कचरा प्रबंधन में सुधार

Mr Kaushik Chandrasekhar

सरकार की इतनी बड़ी मात्रा में जमा हो रहे कचरे से निपटने की प्रतिबद्धता का पता प्लास्टिक अपशिष्ट प्रबंधन नियम 2016 से चलता है जिसमें सरकार ने अगस्त 2021 में तीसरी बार संशोधन किया है। अगस्त 2021 में भारत सरकार द्वारा किए गए संशोधन से यह पता लगता है कि भारत इस मुद्दे का समाधान खोजने के लिए नए-नए प्रयास कर रहा है। हालांकि इस मामले में राजनीतिक सहमति के साथ-साथ नीतिगत हस्तक्षेपों के नतीजे सकारात्मक रहे हैं, लेकिन नीतियों का जमीनी स्तर पर निष्पादन अब भी एक बड़ी चुनौती बना हुआ है।

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

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
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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।

Events

Webinar on Plastic Waste Management and impact on Human Health

October 8, 2021
to October 8, 2021

The interactive webinar aims to expand on the issue of plastic waste management and its impact on human health.

On 8 October 2021, 03:00 PM to 4:30 PM IST

Webinar Series on Waste-Derived Nanomaterials: Part-I Industrial Wastes to Nano-commodities: Status, Impact and Future Prospects

October 7, 2021
to October 7, 2021

The webinar aims at highlighting various leads being taken to derive nano-materials from different waste resources via a 'Circular Economy' model.

On 7 October 2021, 02:00 PM to 4:30 PM IST

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.

News

Why reducing size of Delhi’s garbage mountains is easier said than done

May 4, 2022 |
May 4, 2022
The Indian Express

While remediating landfills, waste processing infrastructure needs to be strengthened so that no organic waste reaches the landfill site, said Dr Suneel Pandey, Director of the Environment and Waste Management Division, TERI.

Only 8-10% e-waste disposed of properly in Kolkata

March 29, 2022 |
April 6, 2022
The Telegraph

A small portion of the e-waste generated in the city is disposed through organised channels while the majority is sold through unorganised channels where the dismantling of the waste exposes the handlers and others to hazardous elements. According to Dr Suneel Pandey, Director at the Environment and Waste Management Division of TERI, said that many prefer to sell their used electronic devices in local markets, which give a better return for the products.

Tackling the integrated challenge of plastic pollution and climate change

January 11, 2022 |
January 11, 2022
Mongabay

In April 2021, TERI's roadmap proposed a circular plastic value chain to address the problem of both plastic pollution and greenhouse emissions.

Like Japan and Singapore, why doesn’t India burn plastic waste to produce energy?

January 4, 2022 |
January 4, 2022
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Coprocessing has been marred by many cost issues. Typically, the quality and quantity of municipal waste is not optimal for RDF. So, cement plants need to spend money on pre-processing waste to make it useful. Transportation is also an issue, says Mr Kaushik Chandrasekhar, a solid waste management expert from TERI

The cost of plastic waste

December 30, 2021 |
December 30, 2021
Mongabay India

Coprocessing has been marred by many cost issues. Typically, the quality and quantity of municipal waste is not optimal for RDF. So, cement plants need to spend money on pre-processing waste to make it useful. Transportation is also an issue, says Mr Kaushik Chandrasekhar, a solid waste management expert from TERI.

India needs a comprehensive and integrated action plan on marine litter

October 18, 2021
| Mr Kaushik Chandrasekhar
,
| Ms Mehar Kaur
| MoneyControl

Plastic packaging constitutes an estimated 59 percent share in India's total plastic consumption, amounting to about 10 million tonnes every year. Considering a steady growth forecast for the pharmaceuticals, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), and e-commerce sectors, this figure is expected to rise further. India's net plastic consumption is estimated to have increased by around 20 times as compared to 1990. It is expected to see a further upturn with an increase in its demand by approximately 52 percent by 2025.

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.

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Director, Environment & Waste Management