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QR Code Based Garbage Collection Begins at Mangaluru Smart City

20/10/2020

The Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL) has begun implementation of its QR code-based Solid Waste Management System, which will cover all the 60 wards of Mangaluru, in a phased manner. The first phase will cover 88,000 houses; so far 5,000 houses have been installed with the QR codes and rest are expected to be completed by the end of November. Mangaluru will be one of the first smart cities in Karnataka to go live. The smart garbage collection system will help the City Corporation track the movement of the garbage vehicles, monitor the status of the garbage collection, provide provisions for the public to record complaints about garbage collection. QR code installed at houses can also be extended for other public services such as payment of electricity bills, property tax, and phone bills, among others.

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Two Indian waste management start-ups selected for UNDP-led international investment initiative

May 7, 2021

UNDP, along with its partners EPFL, Orange and SAP announced the selection of 12 growth-stage ventures striving to impact access to quality health, clean energy, and waste management in developing countries. The finalists are part of the Growth Stage Impact Ventures (GSIV) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiative which aims at identifying and showcasing midcap impact ventures in developing countries with the catalytic potential to drive both large impacts and yield sustainable profit. The finalists in the waste management category from India are GARV toilets and Saathi who will participate in a virtual pitching event on June 3rd 2021, then attend the SDG Finance Geneva Summit, during the Building Bridges Week in November 2021.

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Biomedical waste disposal in focus as vaccination drive begins

May 7, 2021

India’s environment and health authorities are looking to tighten norms to dispose of syringes, needles and other potentially hazardous material, bracing for a tsunami of biomedical waste from mass covid-19 vaccinations beginning 1 May. According to the environment ministry, nearly 146 tonnes of bio-medical waste is generated per day in the country due to diagnostic activities and treatment of covid-19 patients. The health ministry issued guidelines for bio-medical waste disposal in January 2021 when the government was planning to start covid-19 vaccination. With all adults covered now, more stringent and specific guidelines for vaccination waste are required and CPCB is working on the revised guidelines.

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H&M Foundation and Social Alpha announce top 5 start-ups with innovative waste management

May 7, 2021

The top 5 winning start-ups of ‘Techtonic – Innovations in Waste Management’, a joint initiative of Social Alpha and the H&M Foundation include Phool, Zeroplast Labs, Loopworm, Swachha Ecosolutions and MuddleArt. This program is part of the Saamuhika Shakti initiative by the H&M Foundation in India which envisions creating an enabling ecosystem stack for innovators and entrepreneurs. The enterprises are selected based on their solutions to accelerate waste management, processing and improve the overall quality of life of the informal sector in India. The top 5 winning start-ups are focused on developing technology innovations to move the needle towards a circular economy and enhance the lives and livelihoods of the informal sector.

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ITC to go beyond plastic waste neutrality next year

May 7, 2021

ITC which has been solid waste recycling positive for over 13 years, is now all set to move beyond plastic waste neutrality next year. The company will replace and recycle more plastic than it would use through its operations 2021-22. This has been made possible through the scaling up of several holistic initiatives coming from in-house innovation in packaging materials, robust waste management programs which focusses on source segregation, sustainable business practices, and social business models with mass impact. The company is set to collect more than 30,000 tonnes of plastic waste this fiscal year from 24 States exceeding 100% of plastic packaging introduced in the market.

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Bengaluru girl’s device called 'Trashbot' to segregate garbage without excessive human involvement

May 7, 2021

Nivedha R M, a chemical engineering student has developed Trashbot, the innovative new waste segregation device that can help solve the problem of waste management in India by segregating dry and wet waste without requiring excessive human involvement. What started as a solo venture has now grown into an organisation of 60 people being funded by the World Bank and the Government of the United Kingdom. Trashbot designs and manufactures segregation devices of various capacity in their multiple manufacturing units and have set up 15 plants across India. They also have signed up deals with Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore already.

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NUS engineers develop eco-friendly technique to upcycle metal waste

May 7, 2021

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has demonstrated a new eco-friendly technique to convert aluminium and magnesium waste into high-value, multi-functional aerogels. This upcycling method could be applied to all types of metal waste in powder forms, such as metal chips and electronic waste. The metal-based aerogels created using the unique fabrication technique have high thermal and mechanical stability. The simple process also means that metal-based aerogels can be produced at a much lower cost. In the next phase of their research, the NUS team is also looking at developing metal-based aerogels for applications that require extremely high-temperature tolerance, such as for military applications.

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India and Germany sign agreement on ‘Cities combating plastic entering the marine environment’

May 7, 2021

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH India on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety signed an agreement on Technical Cooperation titled ‘Cities Combating Plastic Entering the Marine Environment’ at a virtual ceremony in New Delhi. This project will support the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban’s implementation with a special focus on preventing plastic litter from entering the rivers and water bodies at the source. The project will be undertaken at the national level (at MoHUA), select states (Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Andaman & Nicobar Islands) and in the cities of Kanpur, Kochi and Port Blair for three and a half years.

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BBC Media Action launches website for Residents To know their waste workers

May 7, 2021

BBC Media Action launched ‘Invaluables’ – a communication initiative designed to shift perceptions about waste picking and informal waste pickers in the city of Bengaluru. Their formative research showed that the people of Bengaluru do not recognise the humans behind the process of informal waste management, despite caring deeply about waste on the streets. Actress Radhika Narayan moderated a social experiment with a diverse set of Bengaluru residents, probing their notion of friends and the value of friendships to spark a realisation to discover that waste pickers do what friends do for us, without us being aware at all.

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Universal Business School (UBS) inculcating ´green thinking´ in students

Apr 22, 2021

The Universal Business School (UBS) in Mumbai, is deploying a green curriculum to realize their sustainable and green ambitions to inculcate ´green thinking´ in students. They have come up with pioneering courses like Green Finance, Green Marketing, and Green Operations and Logistics. Located in a sprawling 40-acre campus in the green Karjat valley, UBS follows the 3E Model of Ethics, Environment, and Experiential learning. True to their ambitions of becoming greener, they have also employed a green and sustainable campus with climate-friendly buildings, solar power in the campus, follow water and waste recycling and have electric-powered vehicles on campus. They have planted over 5,000 trees and restored the green cover in the area. The B-school calls itself India’s first ‘green business school’.

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Ghaziabad lists green municipal bonds on BSE

Apr 22, 2021

The Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation has become India’s first municipal corporation to successfully list the country’s first green municipal bonds on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). The corporation announced raising Rs 150 crore at 8.1 per cent. The proceedings will be used for setting up tertiary water treatment plants and supplying piped water via water meters in Ghaziabad. The Union Government also gave a Rs 19.5 crore incentive for raising funds through municipal bonds. Mahender Singh Talwar, Municipal Commissioner, GMC during the listing ceremony of Ghaziabad Green Municipal Bond 2021 said that the bonds received Rs 401 crore subscription from at least 40 bids. Green Municipal Bonds are financial instruments for raising capital through the debt capital market.

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Vedanta group promotes waste-to-wealth programmes in rural Odisha & Chhattisgarh

Apr 22, 2021

Vedanta Aluminium & Power Business is fostering hundreds of MSMEs in remote rural areas with its innovative ‘waste to wealth’ programmes centred around ‘Zero Harm, Zero Waste and Zero Discharge’. One such innovative programme is fly-ash brick making. The company supports over a hundred brick manufacturing MSMEs of local villagers situated around and beyond its areas of operations with fly ash free of cost to their doorsteps, amounting to nearly 5 lakh metric tonnes per annum. The company also provides know-how and training on manufacturing these bricks in partnership with technical institutes, thus creating employment avenues as well as promoting a circular economy. In FY21, Vedanta achieved the highest ever fly ash utilization of 117 per cent through these methods.

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Rajahmundry Municipal Corporation and Coca-Cola launch ‘Swatchata Hero Initiative’ in AP

Apr 22, 2021

Coca-Cola in India, along with Rajahmundry Municipal Corporation (RMC) jointly launched a citizenship movement, to drive awareness on plastic waste management. The ‘Swatchata Hero Initiative’ is a step towards strengthening the national agenda of responsible waste segregation and management through citizen involvement. The initiative, presently spanning across Rajahmundry and Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh, several branded kiosks and selfie booths have been set up along with collection vans in 50 wards of Rajamahendravaram. In the first phase which spanned over 35 days, the initiative successfully collected 5 tons (150 kgs per day) of plastic waste from both residential and slum areas. Encouraged by the success of the first phase, Swatchata Hero Initiative has been extended to another 60 days to spread across 4 major cities in Andhra Pradesh.

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