Delhi Dialogue Commission organises a day-long conference on solid waste management in Delhi, 02 April 2015

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Delhi: 02.04.2015

The Delhi Dialogue Commission organised a day-long conference on Solid Waste Management at the Delhi Secretariat on Thursday.


The agenda of the conference was to bring all stakeholders in Solid Waste Management on a common platform to discuss the challenges and all potential solutions for consideration of the Delhi Government. It was chaired by DDC vice-chairman Ashish Khetan.


The conference deliberated on possible ways to implement the Delhi government’s promise to adopt good practices in waste management techniques from across the world. The Aam Aadmi Party government wants to encourage recycling by segregation of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste at the household level and also find a solution to the problem of littering or disposal of construction debris in public places.


The participants in the conference included national and international experts on waste management, MCD officials, Waste to Energy Plant representatives from Jindal Power Corporation, Ramky Group, IL&FS, various representatives of the Civil Society, the Ministry of Environment and Urban Development and experts in the area of solid waste management.

The first session was on different Solid Waste Management Models deployed across the country and the world ranging from traditional to new-age technologies.


C. Srinivasan, project director at the Indian Green Service, an environmental organisation spoke about the solid and liquid resource management model, also known as the "Vellore model" that has been adopted by many states in India.


Dr. S. R. Maley, a scientist based in Mumbai, who has worked extensively in the fields of agronomy, biotechnology and environment in India and abroad, with a special focus on solid waste management, also shared his views.

A proposal has been asked from both of them on their specialties by the Delhi Dialogue Commission.


Dr. K Vijaylakshmi from Development Alternatives, Bharti Chaturvedi from Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group, Jayprakash Chowdhury from Safai Sena, a registered group of waste pickers and Shyamala Mani from the National Institute of Urban Affairs raised pertinent policy issues relating to the ecosystem of waste management.


In the second session, there was a spirited debate, discussion and dialogue between civil society on various waste disposal technologies. The existing gaps in the functioning and future plans of the NDMC and EDMC were discussed in detail when they made presentations on their waste management technologies including the widely criticised waste-to-energy(WTE) plants.


Key questions that went unanswered included plans of municipal corporations for the future, the environmental hazards of WTE plants, the weird nature of all pilot plants/technologies being tested only in the country’s capital and most importantly the economics and financial models of waste disposal technologies used till-date. Ananda Lee Tan from GAIA, the Global Alliance of Incinerator Alternatives made some telling points against the idea of WTE. The Delhi Dialogue ensured that a fruitful dialogue began between all sides and will examine this issue in detail with experts on the issue.


In the final session, representatives of the waste management community and non-profits working in the field of solid waste management voiced their concerns and opinions. Toxics Link is an NGO spoke on environmental justice and freedom from toxics. The All India Plastic Association represented the plastic industry and talked about a solution they have been working for disposal of plastic waste. The All India Kabadi Mazdoor Mahasangh (AIKMM) represented the interests and concerns of more than 3 lakh Kabadi and waste pickers community of Delhi. PVC and Plastic Waste Dealers Association represented the interests of more than 50,000 people engaged in the segregation of plastic waste at the biggest plastic trading market in India (at Tikri Kalan) and raised the issues that they worked on.


















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