With rapid urbanisation, India 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 centres clean. However, almost all municipal authorities deposit solid waste at a dump yard within or outside the city haphazardly. Experts believe that India is following a flawed system of waste disposal and management.
It is believed that 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.
Social entrepreneurship which can be another medium to deal with India’s growing concerns of waste management especially since there is wide scope of making profits while contributing to the society as the feeling of morality is increasing due to the environmental damages associated with a rapidly growing economy.
To elaborate more on these solutions Gvriksh organised a panel discussion on Waste Management.
Eminent speakers at the panel discussion included:
Ms. Tripti Shinghal, Founder, Gvriksh (Moderator) said that Practical waste management techniques should be strictly followed primary school curriculums. Also, there should be a separate category of upcycled products on e-commerce websites.
Dr. BC Sabat - Sr. Scientific Officer - Department of Environment, Delhi Govt. presented various opportunities for social entrepreneurs/NGOs dealing in upcycled products.
Mr. Abhishek Gupta - Founder – Clean India Ventures – “Get out of your comfort zone and opinions. Lets work together to make Bharat Swachh!”
Ms. Gauri Sarin, President, Approach Intl & Founder, Forum for Women Leadership for Better India (FWLI), India – “The time has come to put our heads together and create and integrated awareness & go to market approach for the recycling, upscaling & segregation of waste with all stakeholders. Huge entrepreneurial opportunities exist, the potential has to be tapped and informal sector can also go up the value chain”
Ms. Ruchi Rastogi, Founder, Craftprenuer and Hunar Foundation felt that Aggressive marketing and platform for upcycled products is the need of the hour. For an NGO marketing support is also needed,
Ms. Nilanjana Das, Founder Director, Action Center for Transformation (ACT) Green India – “Awareness Building. Change Mind set on Waste Management. Accept an Upcycled Product.”
Ms. Monica Sharma, President, Human Kind Foundation – “Very good platform for awareness, learning and more about what other people are doing for mother earth, need to have more meetings for upscaling of different products as well as reducing waste.”
Mr. Dev Bhardwaj, Founder, Kisanmanch.com suggested that New education policy should be reframed by Government of India. Solid waste management, recycling - upcycling should be made mandatory by the help of strong legislation.
Mr. Sanjay Agrawal, Senior Correspondent & Editor , Alf News – “Employment can be generated for rag pickers by upcycling/recycling organisations ”
Mr. Rajesh Goyal, CEO & Founder Director, IIP proposed that it should be mandatory for all business setups to give a special space for upcycle products. Even Online. Regular seminar, workshops &skill development courses so that under privileged people can also be elevated to next level.
Mr. Gaurav Joshi, Cofounder, Extracarbon – “First time attended a round table with go to market strategies on waste management, recycling & upcycling. It also provides a perspective that stakeholders involved should work together. Focus areas can be different but the end results would be win-win for all. Such focus group can be helpful in paradigm shift also.”
Ms. Namita Banka, Founder, Banka BioLoo - “Lets enjoy our stuff a little longer before we dispose, buy quality and sustainable product with longer shelf life and workability. This will help reduce the quantum of waste generated on daily basis.”
Ms. Divya Gupta, Founder, Leafy Tales exclaimed that great work is done by a lot of social entrepreneurs. The need is now to collaborate and join hands to complete the value chain of upcycling and recycling.
Ms. Archana Mohan, PHD researcher, Anthropology was of an opinion that Waste Management-Segregation, recycling & upcycling should be treated as normal rather than cool or fashionable. Building awareness & proper infrastructure, including marketing is needed to reach wider audience
Radhakrishnan T.R. Aiyyer, President, Voluntary organization for Welfare of Labour & Unprivileged Class recommended that The corporate, Civil societies , Government authorities and the residents of the city should come together on the same wave length and allow the synergy thereby harnessed to be directed at fighting the solid waste to put a solution in place.
Ms. Sarla Garg, Director, Sadhu Forging believes that Segregation of waste is the only solution to our environment and earth
Dr Vandana Mehta, Doctor suggested Incorporating progressive steps towards waste management in NCERT syllabus. Limited use of non biodegradable things and promote farming as a career option.
This discussion was done to connect various initiatives and opportunities towards waste management in India – which is the need of the hour.
Gvriksh was born to strengthen green initiative and voluntary sector’s efforts in development. We have been actively working with the communities with such objective and handholding them to achieve their ultimate social goals. We support and assist Corporate Houses in their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR activities). Gvriksh has a large and committed team comprising of experts with field experience in Arborologist, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, Health, Education, Project Designing and Strategy Development in Social Development Sector.
Objective: To contribute to give a better environment for your young and loved ones than just contributing for and ask of charity.