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The past, present and future of waste management

Our Bureau | Updated on: Feb 07, 2022
The first accounts of rubbish removal services date back to the early 20th century, with horse and cart teams transporting rubbish

The first accounts of rubbish removal services date back to the early 20th century, with horse and cart teams transporting rubbish

How India is struggling to efficiently dispose of mounting garbage

Trash sorting.Recycling garbage elements trash bags tires | Photo Credit: Irina Shatilova

The key to efficient waste management is segregation at source, multiple streams of recycling and resource recovery. The reduced final residue must be deposited scientifically in sanitary landfills.

A heavy compactor/bulldozer reshape rubbish on a landfill site and gets mobbed by hungry birds | Photo Credit: Andrew Newark

India’s landfills are bursting at the seams, with more than 70 per cent of collected urban waste dumped in them.

Plastic bottles and other garbage on white sand beach | Photo Credit: AscentXmedia

The biggest threat to the environment comes from plastic: 60 major cities in India together churn out over 3,500 tonnes of plastic waste every day.

Blue recycling bag full of mixed materials paper, plastic, glass and metal isolated on white | Photo Credit: subjug

It is estimated that, on average, an affluent family throws away around 40 kg of recyclable plastic each year.

heap of electronic and computer hardware waste for disposal or recycling - junked computer parts | Photo Credit: Adam Smigielski

Mumbai generates the maximum e-waste — nearly 1.2 lakh tonnes annually. Delhi and Bengaluru follow with 98,000 and 92,000 tonnes, respectively.

Isolated 3d render eco scales with white background | Photo Credit: Petmal

The solid waste management rules of 2016 mandate segregation at the individual, corporate and community levels, but implementation remains poor.

Woman hand holding japanese flag | Photo Credit: ChateauDede

The earliest account of rubbish recycling was in 1031 in Japan! They found a way to recycle paper and sold it again as new in shops.

Published on February 06, 2022
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