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Waste Management Key to PM Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
Govt. aspiring for 100% waste management by Oct 2019
~ Attitudinal change needed to consider Waste as Resource ~
~ Concept of Waste to Wealth needs to be respected~
Management of waste, a key point of concern and opportunity for the nation, got a shot in the arm today at CII - Confederation of Indian Industry's flagship 7th Edition of the two day Waste Management Summit with the theme 'Resource Management for Sustainable Future'.

''Challenges notwithstanding, GoI is aspiring for 100% waste management by 2019 under the Swatch Bharat Abhiyan," said Mr. Sameer Unhale, Commissioner, Nanded Municipal Corporation. Accepting that last mile implementation is the big issue, he added that, ''Waste is not something we should shy away from but look at it as a resource that is not utilised. We need an attitudinal change in the citizens as well as government bodies with the involvement of political leadership to channelize people's energies."

Mr. Ulhas Parlikar, Chairman, Waste Management Summit 2016, said, ''India every year generates 55 million tons of municipal waste, an unaccounted number of industrial non-hazardous waste, 8 million tons of industrial hazardous waste, 1.7 million tons of e-waste and over 150 million tons of agro waste. If we consider this so called waste as possible resource, we can imagine the kind of impact it will make not just on the environment but also our economy. I am happy to inform that there is a gathering momentum in the area of waste management in the country and efforts are being made to look at it as a resource and benefit from it."

He said that the new waste management rules that came into play this year are based on the principle of sustainability and not disposal as was the case earlier and that it looks at waste as a resource.

Mr. N A Viswanathan, Secretary General, CMA, said, ''Rapid urbanization and industrialization in India is creating a higher demand for waste management, especially Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), considering increasing income levels and changing lifestyle choices."

Mr. Viswanathan informed that, ''India generates about 7.9 million Tons of hazardous wastes annually, out of which around 3.98 million tonnes is recyclable, 0.60 million Tons is incinerable and 3.32 million tonnes is landfillable. MSW generation is estimated to be 62 million tonnes per annum. In BAU the area of land required for landfilling by 2025 could be as high as approximately 50 thousand hectares, which is equivalent to size of Chennai city."

Mr. Nandkumar N Gurav, Regional Officer, HQ, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board informed that one of the major challenges to the new waste management policy remains implementation. ''Status of implementation of rules with regards hazardous waste management is much better than plastic, solid waste and e-waste. There is a great need for stakeholder participation and awareness in Maharashtra and one of the key challenges is the channelization of the informal sector."

Mr. K S Venkatagiri, Executive Director, CII-Godrej GBC, said, ''CII's Green Co initiative, first of its kind in the world, has been taken up very well by the industry. Its biggest advantage is that it not only tells you where you are, but also gives you a path you can take for the future in terms of sustainability and eco-friendliness. Rs. 540 million have been saved by 27 companies who have implemented Green Co whose key component is waste management."

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