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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    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

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Need for cross-learning as states act to improve wastewater management

Ms Joyita Ghose

As Nagpur tops the list, here is an overview of state level policies wastewater treatment and reuse

Independent audits can guide urban local bodies to reduce, reuse and recycle municipal solid waste

TERI Web Desk

A Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM) audit of a civic body in Delhi brings the importance of informal waste collectors into focus. There are about 1,50,000 rag pickers in the National Capital Region.

Build confidence among users towards safety of treated waste water

Ms Mehar Kaur

Delhi survey suggests willingness of consumers for non potable uses of treated wastewater

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


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.


Decentralisation, awareness focus areas for waste management in Panaji

July 9, 2019 |
July 9, 2019
The Goan

Following a citizen perception survey, a team of TERI and German government agency GIZ has concluded that decentralization and creating awareness of the solid waste management laws among stakeholders including residents is the way forward to establish a sustainable solid waste management system for Panaji, Goa.

TERI to audit handling of garbage by east, south corporations

June 22, 2019 |
June 22, 2019
The Times of India

The south and east corporations have decided to engage TERI to assess the volume of garbage collected in their areas, its disposal and the discrepancies in the implementation of the solid waste management rules.

Managing India’s waste key to energy, climate benefits

June 18, 2019
| Dr Suneel Pandey
| Deccan Herald

The emission of greenhouse gases from waste in India is estimated at 0.7 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent − roughly distributed equally between emission of methane from landfills and from wastewater. Maximising resource recovery from waste, both material and energy, along with proper disposal will not only ensure proper management but also reduce GHG emissions. India has a long way to go when it comes to efficient waste management.

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.


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