Rules on way for discarding sanitary waste including condoms
Draft rules on solid waste management for the first time defines ‘sanitary waste’, comprising of diapers, sanitary towels or napkins, tampons, condoms and incontinence sheets and specifies how it should be disposed off. Under the section ‘duties of waste generators’, the draft rules identify those waste and asks the users to “wrap securely the used sanitary waste as and when generated in a newspaper or suitable biodegradable wrapping material” and place the same in the domestic bin meant for non bio-degradable waste or dry waste. Read full article >>>
Draft rules focus on construction waste to tackle air pollution
In order to deal with ‘construction waste’, a key source of air pollution in cities including the national Capital, the government’s draft rules on solid waste management make it mandatory for construction agencies to segregate concrete, soil, steel, wood and plastic waste for proper disposal. Read full article >>>
NGT bans use of plastic in Haridwar; announces Rs 5000 fine
The National Green Tribunal on Thursday imposed a complete ban on plastic bags in the pilgrimage towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh, slamming the authorities for lackadaisical attitude in keeping the Ganga clean, warning of action against those violating the order.
It also held that no commodity of any kind is sold by the shopkeepers in plastic bags and the Nigam would ensure that any kind of municipal solid waste or animal waste is not permitted to be thrown in the ghats under any circumstances. Read full article >>>
Waste not, want not: On garbage segregation in Mumbai
Seema Redkar, National Award-winning officer from the Solid Waste Management Department of MCGM, explains why waste segregation is the way forward to minimise pressure on the city’s fast-filling dumping grounds. Read full article >>>
Evaluating 50 lakh tonnes of garbage in Chennai
The civic body is planning to carry out bio mining to leach out minerals without causing damage to the environment. Chennai Corporation has started assessing the value of 50 lakh tonnes of waste accumulated in Perungudi and Kodungaiyur. This is the first step towards reversing the environmental damage caused in the areas. Read full article >>>
Bin shortage hits garbage disposal in Visakhapatnam
In use for about five to six years, about 400 of them rusted over a period of time and could not be used. There has been no replacement for long. The city’s struggle for collection and disposal of solid waste continues with not enough dumper bins in place in the 72 wards of Visakhapatnam. Plans for Anakapalle and Bhimili, which were made part of GVMC, are still in the pipeline. Read full article >>>
Govt comes up with draft on e-waste
With more than 25 crore mobile phones being discarded by users each year, the Union Environment Ministry has come up with a new draft plan that would suggest how best the electronic waste (e-waste) can be disposed off. One of the key features of the draft E-waste (Management) Rules 2015 is to financially reward the user, if the person deposits the equipment with a designated e-waste collection centres. Setting up the collection centres would be responsibility of manufacturers. Read full article >>>
Is Pune’s waste segregation effective? Citizens want NITI Aayog assess it
The National Institution of Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, policy think tank of the Indian government, has invited Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) comissioner to make a presentation on ‘Conceptualising Zero Waste in India’. While NITI Aayog has called the city a model city for zero garbage disposal, Nagrik Manch wants NITI Aayog to assess the ground situation when it comes to waste management in India. Read full article >>>
No Gurgaon hospital has permit to discard biomedical waste
Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) said that none of the 85 hospitals in Gurgaon have applied for authorization for disposing of biomedical waste (BMW). This includes the government-run General Hospital in Sector 10. “None of the city hospitals, including a government one, follow our biomedical waste disposal norms. We’ve sent a show cause notice to General Hospital and final notices to the rest,” said an HSPCB official. It is mandatory for hospitals and clinics, even those without indoor wards, to get their authorization for disposing of BMW renewed every three years. Permits for most city hospitals ran out in 2014. Read full article >>>
No sign yet of Sonsoddo garbage dump capping
The capping of the Sonsoddo dump, that was required to be done much before the onset of the monsoon season, has been further delayed as just one bid has been received after the tendered for the work was floated by the Margao Municipal Council (MMC), informed the MMC chairperson Arthur D’Silva.
This is the first time the Sonsoddo dump has not been covered with tarpaulin sheets by the MMC even after the commencement of the monsoon season unlike in the last 6 years, when it was covered. Read full article >>>
This is weekly roundup of important waste-related news and policy updates from across India during June 26 – July 3, 2015.