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.
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MCG hires 2 pvt companies for secondary waste collection
Dec 8, 2023
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has hired two private companies to collect secondary waste working with Ecogreen, the solid waste management concessionaire. The civic body has asked two companies to cover all four zones of the city and collect garbage from secondary waste collection points along with Ecogreen. The agencies have been directed to transport waste to Bandhwari and drop it on the top of the garbage mountain, leaving the 10-acre space earmarked for a waste-to-energy (WTE) plant. The MCG has also hired four private agencies to remove waste from the Bandhwari landfill. The agencies will bio-remediate the waste, then pass it through trommel machines to produce compost, inert (concrete waste), and refuse-derived fuel (RDF). The MCG has also hired an agency to manage e-waste. They have set up e-waste management systems in 17 localities across the city.
Noida will add 3 sites to dump horticulture waste generated daily
Dec 8, 2023
The Noida Authority has identified three more dumpsites to manage the 120 tonnes of horticulture waste that is generated daily. A technical agency will be hired to treat the waste using technology for faster decomposition. The new sites will be in Sector 59, under the park in Sector 117, and in Sector 150’s Doob area. The selected agency will also carry segregation, recycling, and reprocessing of horticulture waste adhering to the waste management or recycling rules prescribed by the central pollution control board and Uttar Pradesh pollution control board. Noida authority will provide a land area on license for 5 years. The city's existing dumpyards in Sectors 32 and 105 are already overflowing. Officials say that the current dumping grounds are running over capacity because the decomposition process takes time. Noida and Greater Noida are also setting up a 30-acre waste-to-energy plant in Astoli to treat the waste from both cities.
Hulladek Recycling Collects More Than 7000 Kgs Of E-Waste During The Festive Season From Kolkata & Suburbs
Dec 8, 2023
Hulladek Recycling Pvt. Ltd., an e-waste management company, conducted a massive e-waste collection drive during the festive season in Kolkata. Festive cleaning results in heaps and piles of old clothes, toys, books, utensils, and electronic devices discarded as waste. Without a designated agency available to pick up these unwanted goods from individuals at their convenience, they are tossed away as trash adding to humongous mountains of waste at landfills. The Company collected more than 7000 kgs of electronic and electrical waste from Kolkata & suburbs. Hulladek Recycling collaborated with schools like Birla High School, Calcutta Public School and Funlish Language School, residential complexes like Eastern High Apartment, South City Apartment and Vandana Housing Society, along with other organizations like Lions Club, Care Center, Junction IT, Ecotain, Dontia Dental Care, Mritikka Earthy Talks, Twirl Store and The Yellow Straw along with more than 250 individuals collectively contributing such a huge amount.
Norwegian government delegation appreciates decentralized waste management facilities in Gurugram
Dec 8, 2023
A Norwegian government delegation visited two decentralized waste management facilities in Gurugram. The delegation was led by the Minister for International Development. The Norwegian delegation found the learning experience extremely useful and the Minister applauded the model of small and medium-scale initiatives co-created by Municipal Corporation Gurugram with active support from Saahas, a very reputed civil society organization in the sphere of solid waste management in India. As part of the Indo-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), is implementing the project “Mainstreaming Circular Economy in the Waste Management Sector in India” in which Gurugram was adopted as one of the deep dive mission cities. One of the objectives of visiting the facilities in Gurugram was to oversee the progress of achieving the ambitious ‘zero waste’ status of the city by adopting sustainable waste management methods by the bulk waste generators.
Maharashtra State govt to set up panel for scientific disposal of trash
Dec 8, 2023
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has instructed officials to form a committee to dispose of waste in Mumbai's dumping grounds scientifically. The central government has allocated Rs 3400 crore for Swachh Bharat implementation in Maharashtra. A statement issued by the central government said that it was decided to designate a three-member team from the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MOHUA) under the chairmanship of the secretary, MOHUA and another three-member team from BMC headed by the municipal commissioner to work out an emergency action plan for solid waste processing and legacy dumpsite remediation for Mumbai which would, thereafter, pave way for implementation by the BMC. The waste at dumping grounds in Mulund, Kanjurmarg, and Deonar will be disposed of speedily using the latest tech.
Pamphlets on waste management distributed among students in Kochi
Dec 8, 2023
The General Education department, Centre for Science in Society, and faculty members at Cochin prepared pamphlets on waste management for students in Kochi. The pamphlets have been designed in story format with Mintu and Tintu as the key characters to impart valuable lessons on waste management to schoolchildren on waste management. Prepared as part of the ‘Cleanliness Kalamassery’ campaign initiated by P. Rajeeve, Minister for Industries and MLA representing the Kalamassery constituency, the publication was launched based on the inference that the first lessons in waste management had to be taught among schoolchildren. It has been designed with colorful pictures and illustrations. The characters explain the dangers of water pollution and also speak about various types of pollution and the threat posed by plastic and e-waste pollution.
RecycleKaro founder calls for recycling policy reforms; unveils global expansion plan
Dec 8, 2023
RecycleKaro, a leading player in the recycling industry, is advocating for significant reforms in recycling policies while also revealing ambitious plans for global expansion. By highlighting the importance of recycling in reducing waste, conserving resources, and minimizing pollution, the company hopes to encourage governments worldwide to take proactive steps toward implementing effective and comprehensive recycling policies. As part of their advocacy efforts, RecycleKaro aims to foster dialogue and collaboration between stakeholders, including governments, industry players, and waste management authorities. By creating a platform for public-private partnerships, they seek to leverage the diverse expertise and resources necessary to develop practical and sustainable recycling solutions. By scaling up its operations and establishing strategic alliances with local partners, the company aims to extend its reach, maximize impact, and foster a culture of recycling across the globe.
AARC's Workshop & Exhibition Shines Spotlight on Beverage Carton Sustainability
Dec 8, 2023
A workshop and exhibition were organized by the Action Alliance for Recycling Beverage Cartons (AARC) on November 7th, 2023 in New Delhi. Themed "Waste Management: Beyond Compliance, Towards Circularity," the event united over 150 delegates with MOEFCC, manufacturers of packaging material Tetra Pak, SIG Combibloc as well as GLS Elopak, brands like Coca-Cola, Dabur, Parle and JDL, NGOs, cooperatives like Amul, academicia like TERI and Thapar Institute, institutions like GIZ, as also WMAs, PWPs, research scholars and few students too, Advisory firms working on EPR and many others. The event commenced with an exhibition featuring innovative advancements in waste management and circular economy solutions. The workshop embraced a diverse range of perspectives and expertise, including the integral focus on Used Beverage Cartons (UBC), and was structured to encourage interactive discussions and the exchange of knowledge, focusing on critical topics related to waste management and circularity.
Coca-Cola India Foundation launches waste management initiative during ICC World Cup 2023
Nov 18, 2023
To drive the mission of supporting sustainability efforts as an integral part of all sporting events, The Coca-Cola India Foundation – 'Anandana', in partnership with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and United Way of Mumbai, has initiated and delivered a project focused on waste management during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023. Throughout the tournament, which is taking place between 5 October and 19 November, a workforce of more than 1000 volunteers, donning safety jackets crafted from recycled PET bottles, has been deployed across the ten stadiums where the World Cup matches are taking place. These dedicated volunteers have been responsible for educating spectators on proper waste segregation, ensuring waste is correctly sorted into designated bins, and leaving the stadiums in an environmentally pristine condition. Coca-Cola India aims to recover about 200 metric tonnes of waste and it will be utilised to create benches which will be placed in the host cities.
SwachaGraha Kalika Kendra: India’s First Learning Centre For Solid Waste Management
Nov 18, 2023
Nestled in the heart of Bengaluru’s Hosur Sarjapur Road colony, SwachaGraha Kalika Kendra is India’s first-of-a-kind learning center in the form of a theme park, to teach waste management. Individuals can learn the proper practice of managing their kitchen and garden waste through composting. There are about 20 methods of composting taught at the Kendra. The people who come here can then choose a composting method that works best for their specific situation. The center also educates visitors on how compost can be used to grow healthy, chemical-free vegetables and greens. The larger vision of the SwachaGraha campaign is to reduce the burden of waste in landfills and to encourage individuals to start a ‘Green Spot’ through compost. The vision also aims to inspire individuals to contribute their time towards greening their city, their apartment complex, and their homes.
Nearly 20,000 students deliberated on waste management this Children’s Day
Nov 18, 2023
On Children's Day, nearly 20,000 students from 96 local bodies in Ernakulam participated in the Children's Haritha Sabha. The goal was to involve children in waste management, create awareness, and get their ideas to address the issue. The deliberations were held at Haritha Sabhas in all the 96 local bodies with the participation of 150-200 students, girls, and boys in equal proportion, representing all schools. Nodal officers have been selected at the local body and school levels for the program. A panel of 5-6 students was formed to vet the reports and empowered to ask questions to local body officials and people's representatives. The event showcased waste management models at schools and recognized exemplary student performance.
Karnataka municipal workers to hold state-wide protest from November 15
Nov 18, 2023
On November 15, 2023, municipal workers in Karnataka, including auto-tipper drivers, helpers, and loaders, held a state-wide protest. The protest is being called by the All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU) and the Karnataka State Municipal Corporations, Municipal Councils, Municipalities, and Town Panchayat Outsourced Workers Organisation. Activists say workers are not paid minimum wages, and even these low wages are not paid on time. Sometimes, wages are not paid for three to six months. The two main demands are for all pourakarmikas to be brought under the direct payment system and to abolish the contract labor system.
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