In a conference held in New Delhi, to address the issue of waste management, environmental experts said ‘a mass movement’ was required, to reduce the burden of waste in the country. Speaking at the event on March 18, 2019, National Green Tribunal (NGT) chairperson justice AK Goel said, “Better monitoring, increased awareness and use of technology, can help us in scientifically managing this problem. Marketing strategies have to be brought in, to create livelihood options.”
Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, while delivering the keynote address said, “We need to reduce and segregate waste at the household level and the political leadership of municipalities have to be held accountable for this. A huge mass movement has to happen, to create this new India.” According to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), the total municipal solid waste generation in urban areas of the country is 52.97 million tonnes per annum, out of which 46.03 per cent is processed. “There are 635 waste-to-compost and seven waste-to-energy plants functional in the country for processing of municipal solid waste,” a ministry official said.
A statement issued by EPIC India (Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago) said researchers from India and abroad, policymakers and representatives from municipal corporations and civil society groups, discussed alternative approaches and solutions that India can adopt, towards managing its waste better. “The different sessions are highlighting the innovations that are reducing waste and enhancing livelihoods and examining the role that data and evidence can play in designing policies for India’s waste sector,” it said.