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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    Issue Brief

    Nutrient pollution in the South Asia Seas (SAS)

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  • energy access


    Solid waste pollution in the South Asian Seas (SAS)

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

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  • rural-energy

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    Goa becomes India's first state to have resource efficiency strategy; measures suggested for tourism, construction sectors, and tackling marine litter

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    A family in Varanasi is turning garbage to gold

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GIZ-TERI to help Panjim reduce GHG emissions through municipal waste management

Mr Sourabh Manuja
Ms Shabana Mehmood Kazi
Dr Suneel Pandey

Starting May 2020, GIZ-TERI Team will audit all 125 housing societies within the city limits to assess the implementation of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, and the Construction & Demolition Waste Management Rules, 2016.

Reducing the carton footprint

Ms Shilpi Singh

Market demand and Extended Producer Responsibility can help boost the recycling rates of used beverage cartons in India.

A family in Varanasi is turning garbage to gold

In an era where only a few want to treat waste in their backyard, Kuldeep Choudhary’s family developed it into an amusing custom at Varanasi. The waste generated in the kitchen of their house like fruit and vegetable peels, leftover food, tea leaves, garden trimmings, etc. doesn’t add load to their waste bin anymore. They simply manage their wet waste at home by recovering nutrients and creating black gold called manure.

A clean-up drive in the mangroves of Navi Mumbai

Dr Anjali Parasnis
Mr Manish Bhaskar Asodekar

On 2 November 2019, TERI's Western Regional Center (WRC) helmed a cleanup campaign along the mangroves

TERI's Western Regional Center (WRC), Mumbai is an implementation partner for outreach activities in Mumbai, under the Project entitled 'Promotion of countermeasures against marine plastic litter in Southeast Asia and India' funded by United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP).

E-Waste Management in India: Challenges and Opportunities

Growth in the IT and communication sectors has enhanced the usage of the electronic equipment exponentially. Faster upgradation of electronic product is forcing consumers to discard old electronic products very quickly, which, in turn, adds to e-waste to the solid waste stream. The growing problem of e-waste calls for greater emphasis on recycling e-waste and better e-waste management.


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.

Webinar on 'Preparation of Municipal Solid Waste based Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) and its Co-processing in cement kilns'

November 1, 2019
to November 1, 2019

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

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


Manoeuvring Environmental Challenges with Tech-Based Solutions, Policies

October 23, 2019 |
October 25, 2019
BW Smart Cities
TERI is working to develop and implement technology solutions, emerging from national policies, to address the adverse impact energy use and waste management on the environment, shared Dr Suneel Pandey, Director, Environment and Waste Management Division, TERI, in an interview.

Reducing waste is key as phase-out won't be easy

October 13, 2019 |
October 13, 2019
Hindustan Times

According to a TERI and environment ministry fact sheet released in 2018, around 43% of manufactured plastics are used for packaging purpose and most are of single-use.

Government looks to junk plastic water bottles

September 1, 2019 |
September 1, 2019

A 2018 report by TERI states that plastic accounts for 8 per cent of the total solid waste generated in the country annually.

In East Delhi, study finds not all on board for waste segregation

June 15, 2019 |
July 15, 2019
Indian Express

More than 60% households in East Delhi's 60 colonies did not segregate their waste last year, while 71% either had their waste collected by the informal sector or disposed it themselves at vacant plots and dhalaos, a study by TERI has shown.

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.


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.


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