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Waste to Energy Plants and Why are People Protesting Against Them

Waste to Energy Plants and Why are People Protesting Against Them

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A Waste-to-Energy Plant is a waste management system where waste is burnt to produce electricity. These plants usually burn municipal waste. The various techniques used in Waste-to-Energy (WTE) plants are biomethanation, combustion, gasification, pyrolysis. Non-recyclable and not-hazardous wastes should ideally be burnt in this process. The waste to energy plants comparatively release less pollution than a coal-based plant. Recently, residents of Okhla region and nearby areas in Delhi have been protesting against WTE plants in their vicinity. Why India Urgently Needs a Waste Management Plan?  Increasing urbanization and industrialization has paved the way for greater economic growth in India. This is only augmented by increasing purchasing power of the average citizen. Simultaneou
TATA Starbucks to Go Fully Green by Environment Day 2019

TATA Starbucks to Go Fully Green by Environment Day 2019

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Tata Starbucks has recently announced that it will completely transition to compostable and recyclable packaging solutions across its stores in India by World Environment Day, 5 June 2019. Starbucks claims to have a 30-year track record of focusing on sustainability across all aspects of its business, including achieving 99 percent sustainable coffee and committing to eliminate single-use straws globally by 2020. Starbucks entered the Indian market in October 2012 through a 50/50 Joint Venture with Tata Global Beverages and currently operates 138 stores across the country. In India, the company is further advancing this commitment to serve its sustainable coffee in sustainable ways across the market. Tata Starbucks Pvt. Ltd. has been working to eliminate the use of single-use plasti...
In Pictures: First Look at Delhi’s Waste to Wonder Park

In Pictures: First Look at Delhi’s Waste to Wonder Park

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The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) inaugurated Delhi's First Waste to Wonder Park on 21 February 2019. The Waste to Wonder Park was opened to public by the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh in the presence of Delhi's Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal and other dignitaries. The Waste to Wonder Park includes a replica of some of the Wonders of the World, all of which have been made from waste. These include, the Taj Mahal (20 feet), Great Pyramid of Giza (18 feet), the Eiffel Tower (60 feet), Leaning Tower of Pisa (25 feet), Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue (25 feet), Rome’s Colosseum (15 feet) and New York’s Statute of Liberty (30 feet). The seven replicas have been made with the scrap of automobile parts and other metal waste like fans, rods, iron sheets,
Delhi Government Invites Proposal on Assessing Plastic Waste

Delhi Government Invites Proposal on Assessing Plastic Waste

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The Government of NCT of Delhi invites research proposals for assessing and characterizing plastic waste in the NCT of Delhi. Research and academic Institutions of national repute, Consultancy Organizations and NGOs working in the field of Environment for a minimum period of 10 years and having experience in conducting waste management related projects are invited to apply. The scope of the study will include assessment of total quantum of Plastic Waste being generated in the NCT of Delhi as well as characterization of plastic waste. Plastic waste due to tourism in Delhi and brand audit of plastic waste in Delhi are also part of scope of this study. The research should culminate with policy recommendations on addressing the problem of plastic waste in Delhi. The last date for app...
Oriental Apartments Leads the Way in Holistic Waste Management

Oriental Apartments Leads the Way in Holistic Waste Management

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Oriental Apartments in Sector-9 of Rohini celebrated the Independence Day this year with another freedom. This was the freedom from the burden of sending thousands of kilograms of solid waste to the already overflowing landfills in Delhi. In doing so, Oriental Apartments showed the way to other Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) and colonies on what needs to be done to solve the ongoing waste management crisis in Delhi. Waste management is perhaps the greatest environmental challenge being faced by Delhi, yet one which is least discussed. The waste of Delhi has already created three giant mountains, taller than 80 feet in height, and these landfills have also become killer and are now coming down as landslides. There is thus a need for disruptive innovation in the waste management...
7,424.24 Crores Allocated for Solid Waste Management in Urban India

7,424.24 Crores Allocated for Solid Waste Management in Urban India

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The Minister of State for the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) Dr. Mahesh Sharma recently informed that the Swacch Bharat Mission (Urban) is being implemented by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA). And that for the various projects that have been taken up under this Mission, an amount of Rs. 7,424.24 crores has been allocated during the mission period of 2014-15 to 2019-20 for Solid Waste Management (SWM) Projects. Dr. Sharma said that the MoHUA has an overall mandate to take periodic review of the measures taken by the states and local bodies for improving their solid waste management practices. As per MoHUA Annual Report 2016-17, it is estimated that the total generation of solid waste is approximately 1,50,000 T/day. Approximately 90% (...
Swachhta Hi Seva National Media Consultation Informs 430% ROI/ Toilet

Swachhta Hi Seva National Media Consultation Informs 430% ROI/ Toilet

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The Government of India recently organised a National Media Consultation on Swachh Bharat Mission in New Delhi. The Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Parameswaran Iyer, presided over the consultation. Shri Iyer shared details of the nation-wide mass mobilization drive, “Swachhata Hi Seva”, ahead of the 3rd anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission on 2nd October 2017. Swachhata Hi Seva campaign is seeing large scale mobilization of people from all walks of life to undertake shramdaan for cleanliness and construction of toilets, and cleaning up of public and tourist places. The Secretary also shared a snapshot of the progress made by the Swachh Bharat Mission so far, mentioning that 5 States, nearly 200 districts and nearly 2.4 lakh villages across the country hav
Indian Army Takes Swachch Bharat Abhiyan to the Highest Battlefield

Indian Army Takes Swachch Bharat Abhiyan to the Highest Battlefield

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Indian Army soldiers performing Yoga, on the occasion of the 3rd International Day of Yoga – 2017, at Siachen on June 21, 2017. The Indian Army is the proud first line of defense for the world's largest democracy and is known for its valour and bravery, even in the face of the most extreme conditions. Despite its forever engaging task of protecting the nation, the Indian Army has never shied away from participating in all national campaigns and events, that are aimed at nation building and internal stability of the country. The Indian Army leads from the front in cases of controlling domestic crisis situations like violence and also plays a critical role in disaster relief and rescue. The Indian Army has to its credit, the experience of holding ground in the highest battlefield of
DoPT Conducts Swachhta Pakhwada, Promotes Waste Segregation

DoPT Conducts Swachhta Pakhwada, Promotes Waste Segregation

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The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) conducted a Swachhta Pakhwada to promote the cause of Swacch Bharat (Clean India). The image above: Secretary, DoPT, Shri B.P. Sharma dedicating 10 numbers of Blue and Green coloured dustbins due to be placed at various places in the premises of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on the concluding day of the Swachhta Pakhwada in New Delhi on June 30, 2017.
Wasting Food Akin to Carbon Crime

Wasting Food Akin to Carbon Crime

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"If global food waste was a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter after US and China." - World Resources Institute Here is some food for thought, imagine disposing off one of the three shopping bags after you go grocery shopping in the nearest garbage bin. Feel some guilt? Basically, that's exactly what's happening with our food globally. One third of all the food produced in the world is either lost or wasted. Every year world leaders meet at the UNFCCC led Conference of the Parties (CoP) to agree on global agenda for tackling climate change. Diverse issues including energy generation, transportation fuels, forest conservation and food production, among others are addressed. But one domain that needs more focus at present is how to tackle food waste and i...

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