Only 25% of In­dia’s 1.4L tonne daily trash is treated

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Rad­heshyam.Jadhav @times­group.com

Barely 35,600 met­ric tonne (MT) or a quar­ter of the 1.43 lakh MT of garbage gen­er­ated daily in In­dian ci­ties gets pro­cessed. The re­main­ing three-quar­ters, about 1.1 lakh MT, are dumped in the open. Only eight of 35 states process more than half the daily garbage gen­er­ated in their ci­ties, and not one has achieved 100% pro­cess­ing.

Civic bod­ies in Ma­ha­rash­tra gen­er­ate the max­i­mum garbage—22,570 MT daily— fol­lowed by Tamil Nadu (15,437 MT), UP (15,288 MT), Delhi (10,500 MT), Gu­jarat (10,145 MT) and Kar­nataka (10,000 MT).

Mu­nic­i­pal bod­ies are dump­ing waste on to land­fill sites, which are over­flow­ing past their ca­pac­ity and pol­lut­ing sur­round­ing land, ground­wa­ter and air.

Ac­cord­ing to the Delhi-based Cen­tre for Sci­ence and En­vi­ron­ment (CSE), ci­ties are now run­ning out of land to dump their waste, and have be­gun throw­ing it in the ‘back­yards’ of smaller towns, sub­urbs and vil­lages, lead­ing to con­flicts. Look­ing for or cre­at­ing more land­fills as a so­lu­tion to the waste prob­lem, thus, is no longer an op­tion, states a CSE doc­u­ment on solid waste man­age­ment.

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