'Waste Management's Social Aspects Have Been Overlooked'

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'Waste Management's Social Aspects Have Been Overlooked'


New Delhi, May 3 -- Having worked for 18 years at Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Mahendra Pandey is actively working as an environmentalist. He spoke to HT about the problems plaguing waste management in Delhi.

What ails Delhi's waste management?

No proper segregation and disposal takes place. There is no proper assessment of its quantity yet. The composition of waste has also not been studied. Waste-to-energy and compost plants are ineffective.

Why have these plants failed?

There's no proper segregation. These plants need dry waste. As for composting, you need a huge market. At present, most compost plants do not have a big enough market.

What's the way forward?

It is the wrapping and packing culture which has increased the waste amount manifold. The CPCB had done an experiment in the New Delhi Municipal Council area, allowing ragpickers to do the segregation. They were allotted certain garbage bins, and the project had a massive impact.

So you suggest integration? …

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