Smaller cities more successful in implementing waste-segregation policy: CSE

[] Smaller cities have been innovative and more successful, in implementing waste segregation at source methodology, compared to the bigger ones, according to an assessment report by a green body

“Smaller cities have been more successful in implementing source-segregation, compared to bigger cities. They have also been innovative in their approach and hence, have performed well,” the Centre for Science and Environment’s (CSE’s) programme manager, waste management unit, Swati Singh Sambyal said. The CSE has been working with cities, to promote and implement source-segregation and decentralised model of waste management. To advance this work, the CSE had launched a ‘Forum of Cities that Segregate’, in December 2017. The forum now has 26 members, including cities like Indore, Thiruvananthapuram, Mysore, Muzaffarpur and some municipal corporations in Delhi-NCR (such as SDMC, EDMC and Gurugram). The 2017-18 assessment report of the performance of 20 of these 26 forum cities, was released here by the CSE on June 7, 2018.

The cities were assessed based on their performance in 2017-18. The parameters included segregation at source, collection, transportation, waste processing, adoption of decentralised systems, inclusion of the informal sector and enforcement of solid waste management byelaws and plastic waste management. Based on the findings of the assessment report, the best performers were selected and the Leaves Awards conferred on them, with Vengurla in Maharashtra receiving the highest ‘Five Leaves Award’, the CSE said in a statement.

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Four of the 20 forum cities assessed have a segregation percentage higher than 90 per cent – Indore in Madhya Pradesh, Panchgani and Vengurla in Maharashtra and Alappuzha in Kerala, it said. “Six cities have wet waste processing greater than 90 per cent – Indore, Mysore, Alappuzha, Panchgani, Balaghat and Vengurla. Four cities have 90 per cent or higher dry waste processing – Panchgani, Vengurla, Indore and Alappuzha,” the CSE said. The National Capital Region did not perform well. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) received the ‘Two Leaves Award’ and Gurugram got ‘One Leaf Award’ only, it said.

“Our objective, through this assessment, is to work with cities and help them perform better and continue to reinvent their waste management systems,” CSE’s deputy director general, Chandra Bhushan said. Under this forum, 26 cities from 14 states have come together to ensure that they adopt 100 per cent source segregation and become the pioneers of waste management in the country.

Chairman of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), SPS Parihar, in his address at a session, said, “Indore has set an example. We are looking for catalysts. The CSE Forum can help identify those catalysts. However, the question is, how can we sustain the efforts. When you are looking at a mission mode to meet these challenges, you need sustainable and successful cities,” he said. To create the nuclei of successes, it is extremely critical to move towards the policy of reuse and recycle, he added.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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