QR Code Based Garbage Collection Begins at Mangaluru Smart City
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.
Waste powered electricity to light up New Town, Kolkata
New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) is setting up a biogas plant to convert wet waste collected from houses, restaurants and office into power that will power street lights on a 2-km stretch in Action Area I. The plant is likely to be operational towards the end of March. Work to connect the street lights to the plant's electrical outlet has started. Once the biogas plant starts generating electricity, the regular power lines will be kept as a back-up. The five metric tonnes capacity plant will take around a month to break down and produce biogas. A sealed and odour-less composting unit inside the complex will produce at least 100kg of compost after every refill.
Recykal first Indian start-up to join ‘The Circulars Accelerators’ programme
Hyderabad ‘waste-commerce’ solutions provider Recykal has been selected as the first member from India for WEF supported ‘The Circulars Accelerator Program 2021’. The programme will connect industry leaders with 17 circular economy entrepreneurs to scale up their innovation at a rapid pace. Through its digital platforms namely Marketplace, Smart Centre Solutions and EPR LOOP, Recykal is channelling over 10,000 metric tonnes of recyclables every month. Waste collected from various segments like consumers, businesses, aggregators, informal sector is channelized to recyclers, coprocessors, cement kilns. Abhay Deshpande, founder, Recykal, said, “Collaborating with The Circulars Accelerator will get us a broader recognition, connectivity and right guidance on further scaling up sustainable solutions to amplify the impact we are creating with our work”.
East Delhi Municipal Corporation, in partnership with Su-Dhara sentinel project on urban waste management, has initiated a move to convert temple waste and floral offerings into compost and manure. The civic body said compost generation has started in Ward 38-E and 50-E. Women in these two wards are also being trained to make gulal from waste flowers.
Lahaul-Spiti schools to teach solid waste management
Deputy Commissioner Lahaul and Spiti Pankaj Rai has introduced solid waste management as a topic in the curriculum of Government Primary School at Keylong in the district. It is the first district in the state to incorporate the topic in the school curriculum of govt. schools. He said that given the increasing number of tourists and business activities in Lahaul and Spiti, children could play a vital role in making parents and neighbours aware of the importance of sanitation and solid waste management. The topic will be taught informally to school children so that they can take interest in it. In the next two months, several informative videos and learning programs will be organised for children so that they can increase their understanding of the subject.
IIM, IMC join hands to implement Indore’s Swachh model in other cities
Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has signed an MoU with the Indian Institute of Management (IIM-I) to develop a module on Solid Waste Management strategy for replicating the Indore model of cleanliness in other cities. IIM-I has also partnered with the Municipal Corporation of Ayodhya for replication of best practices of Indore model of cleanliness in Ayodhya to make the religious hotspot of UP a top eco-friendly spiritual tourism destination in the world. The IIM-I and IMC partnership will focus on sharing expertise, experiences and ideas in the areas of local governance and smart city development, besides working on various CSR activities and handholding of IMC in CSR fundraising. The pact will also work on organizing capacity building programs for IMC personnel and joint courses, workshops, forums, seminars in areas of local governance and smart city development.
Anushka Sharma starts waste segregation practice on her productions’ sets
Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma owned Clean Slate Filmz has begun the practice of waste segregation on the sets of the projects greenlit by the production house. Talking about the step taken by her production company, the actor said, “Waste segregation at film shoots can make a world of difference and I'm glad that we could implement this on the sets of our production ventures. Protecting the environment is the need of the hour and the industry can contribute immensely towards the cause and also raise enough awareness on the same,". She is the first producer to begin this practice at her sets to take a step towards environment conservation and setting an example for her fellow celebrities.
Budget 2021: FM introduces Swachh Bharat 2.0; focus to bring ‘swachhta’ to urban India
To ensure ‘swachhta’ in urban India, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has introduced Swachh Bharat 2.0 which will be implemented with a total financial allocation of Rs 1.41 lakh crore over 5 years from 2021. The ministry has proposed Rs 2,217 crore for 42 urban centres with more than a million population. Swachh Bharat 2.0 is trying to tap other aspects under the Swachh Bharat mission including safe containment, transportation, disposal of faecal sludge, and septage from toilets. Apart from this, wastewater treatment, segregation of garbage, reduction in single-use plastics, reduction in air pollution by managing waste from construction sites and demolition activities along with bioremediation of all legacy dumpsites will be taken into consideration.
The Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) launched the ‘shop with waste’ campaign to increase recycling of the dry waste in municipal wards. With the launch of this scheme, people will be able to shop at designated locations by exchanging certain dry waste items like pet bottles and cardboards. The campaign aims at creating an effective barter system, exchanging goods against clean dry waste items, boosting recycling in the city, enhancing jobs and livelihoods and also saving the environment. Waste bins provided by the Goa Solid Waste Management Corporation for recycling dry waste have been placed at the designated shops and ward wise collections days have been denoted.
Nagpur University to develop 6 colleges as role models under Swachh Bharat Mission
Nagpur University will develop its six colleges from four districts as role models under various parameters of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA). The selected colleges will be promoting renewable energy like solar panels, water and waste management and green energy along with e-waste management and promoting awareness on cleanliness, health and environment. The colleges will be evaluated for their performance based on various parameters till October 2, 2021 and the best one would be rewarded by the university as well as the central government. Once developed, these colleges will be promoted as SBA ambassadors and other institutions would visit them to study and replicate their models.
Ragpickers become Odisha’s partner in urban governance
Odisha state government has made it mandatory for every urban body to undertake a survey and identify ragpickers to formally involve them in material recovery facilities, waste collection and segregation. As part of this initiative, 2,118 ragpickers have been identified for engagement in the waste collection, segregation and composting/recycling process, trained to drive a battery operated vehicle and will soon start collecting waste from people’s doorsteps. 55 self-help groups involving 618 members have been formed in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Berhampur and Sambalpur and the process to form similar groups in small towns and involve them in urban governance is on. The ragpickers have been assured a salary of Rs 7,000 per month for four hours of daily work by the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and will work in a group of three.
Garware Polyester becomes a ‘carbon-negative’ company
Mumbai Headquartered Garware Polyester Ltd. (GPL), India’s largest manufacturer of Sun Control films has become a carbon negative company in its high-tech integrated polyester film plants located at Waluj and Chikalthana in Aurangabad. GPL has well-designed programs that enable technology to blend in with innovations to achieve zero waste. GPL plants thrust to recycle, reuse and reduce, enabling the use of waste as raw material in its process. GPL also buys post-consumer waste (PCR) to reprocess and make effective use in the manufacturing of some of the products diverting plastic from landfills. The company also focuses on use of renewable energy, solid wastes management, waste-water recycling, and rain-water harvesting, and has been innovating on ‘Green Fuel’ Biomass briquettes for steam generation
Salaam Bombay Foundation Honours Mumbai’s Safai Karmacharis on Republic Day
As a tribute for their selfless dedication, Salaam Bombay Foundation honoured 75 BMC Marshals from the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (Bombay Municipal Corporation – BMC) on the 72nd Republic day of India. To thank them for their service, the Foundation gifted each of the Marshals with personalised “Thank you” mugs. The ceremony took place at Nariman Point, at the BMC – A South Ward. Supervisors from BMC and representatives of Salaam Bombay attended the ceremony. Honoured by this recognition, Vitthal Govind Jadhav, Mukadam, said “We are so happy and thankful to Salaam Bombay Foundation for recognising our hard work. Recognitions such as these renew us with energy, motivating us to come to work every day even during a pandemic.”