Solid Waste

MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE

With rapid urbanisation, the country is facing massive waste management challenge. Over 377 million urban people live in 7,935 towns and cities and generate 62 million tonnes of municipal solid waste per annum. Only 43 million tonnes (MT) of the waste is collected, 11.9 MT is treated and 31 MT is dumped in landfill sites. Solid Waste Management (SWM) is one among the basic essential services provided by municipal authorities in the country to keep urban centers clean. However, almost all municipal authorities deposit solid waste at a dump yard within or outside the city haphazardly.

The key to efficient waste management is to ensure proper segregation of waste at source and to ensure that the waste goes through different streams of recycling and resource recovery. Then reduced final residue is then deposited scientifically in sanitary landfills. Sanitary landfills are the ultimate means of disposal for unutilized municipal solid waste from waste processing facilities and other types of inorganic waste that cannot be reused or recycled. Major limitation of this method is the costly transportation of MSW to far away landfill sites.
Civic bodies have to redraw long term vision in solid waste management and rework their strategies as per changing lifestyles. They should reinvent garbage management in cities so that we can process waste and not landfill it.
Community participation has a direct bearing on efficient waste management. Recovery of e-waste is abysmally low, we need to encourage recycling of e-waste on a very large scale level so that problem of e-waste disposal is contained.

Electronic Waste (e-waste) is one of the fastest growing segments of our nation’s waste stream. It encompasses all broken, unusable, or outdated/obsolete electronic devices, components, and materials. According to the United Nations, 20-50 million metric tons of electronic waste is discarded globally every year. A study identified that producing a computer along with its monitor takes at least 1.5 tons of water, 48 lbs of chemicals and 530 lbs of fossil fuels.

Municipal Solid Waste Track Themes

  • 1) Zero Waste and Sustainable Materials Management
  • 2) Zero Waste case studies, model contracts, resource guides and toolkits
  • 3) A full understanding of the magnitude and scope of plastic pollution
  • 4) E Waste and Electronic Recycling (E-Cycling)
  • 5) Save the waters from solid waste

Speakers

Ruth Abbe Zero Waste USA President. Ms. Abbe will talk about Best Practice for Cities in the USA. Ruth Abbe is the president of Zero Waste USA, the national affiliate of the Zero Waste International Alliance. The mission of Zero Waste USA is to inspire communities to embrace and achieve Zero Waste. She is a Zero Waste practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in recycling and composting program and facility development. As the principal of Abbe & Associates LLC, she is working with municipalities across the U.S. to develop the social and physical infrastructure to achieve Zero Waste. In her home city of Alameda, California she is a grassroots leader with Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA).

Ruth Abbe Zero Waste USA President. Ms. Abbe will talk about Best Practice for Cities in the USA. Ruth Abbe is the president of Zero Waste USA, the national affiliate of the Zero Waste International Alliance. The mission of Zero Waste USA is to inspire communities to embrace and achieve Zero Waste. She is a Zero Waste practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in recycling and composting program and facility development. As the principal of Abbe & Associates LLC, she is working with municipalities across the U.S. to develop the social and physical infrastructure to achieve Zero Waste. In her home city of Alameda, California she is a grassroots leader with Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA).

Pal Martensson, Goteborg, Sweden Born 19491214 Swedish , Education: Technical College 70-72, Goteborg University 1972-76, Pal Martensson worked for the City of Goteborg, Department of Sustainable Water and Waste Management. Pal is a member of ZWIA, ZWEU and Swedish Waste Management Group for recycling. He works for the Zero Waste concept all over the world and has a large experience of waste management. Pal managed 5 recycle centres in Goteborg the famous Kretsloppsparken Alelyckan. International speaker about waste, reusing, recycling, influencing citizens behaviour and so on. Pal is a valued speaker at many international events sharing his technical knowledge and field experience on Zero Waste concept

Pal Martensson, Goteborg, Sweden Born 19491214 Swedish , Education: Technical College 70-72, Goteborg University 1972-76, Pal Martensson worked for the City of Goteborg, Department of Sustainable Water and Waste Management. Pal is a member of ZWIA, ZWEU and Swedish Waste Management Group for recycling. He works for the Zero Waste concept all over the world and has a large experience of waste management. Pal managed 5 recycle centres in Goteborg the famous Kretsloppsparken Alelyckan. International speaker about waste, reusing, recycling, influencing citizens behaviour and so on. Pal is a valued speaker at many international events sharing his technical knowledge and field experience on Zero Waste concept

Richard Anthony is Chair of the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) and several other Zero Waste NGO’s. Mr. Anthony will the Zero Waste Approach

Richard V. Anthony began his career in Public Administration in 1971 as a manager of the California State University Long Beach Recycling Center and received a MS in Public Administration in 1974. Mr. Anthony has worked his entire career in environmental program management positions Richard Anthony is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of the California Resource Recovery Association, the Grassroots Recycling Network, the Zero Waste International Alliance and Zero Waste San Diego.

Richard Anthony is Chair of the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) and several other Zero Waste NGO’s. Mr. Anthony will the Zero Waste Approach

Richard V. Anthony began his career in Public Administration in 1971 as a manager of the California State University Long Beach Recycling Center and received a MS in Public Administration in 1974. Mr. Anthony has worked his entire career in environmental program management positions Richard Anthony is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of the California Resource Recovery Association, the Grassroots Recycling Network, the Zero Waste International Alliance and Zero Waste San Diego.