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Beyond Bags, Bottles & Straws – Mitigating the Impact of Waste & its Management

India is one the progressing developing nations compared to its other counterparts. With increase in urbanization, the country is facing massive waste management challenges. While positive progress is the hallmark of human development, the 17 Sustainable Goals earmarked for 2030 encompasses not only global but for our country too and can propel the decision makers and the community at large to initiate the policies required to achieve the stated outcomes.

Swachh Bharat Mission – a nation-wide campaign in India, that aims to clean up the streets, roads and infrastructure of India’s cities, towns, urban and rural areas. It is a requirement to identify the doable and practical action points for addressing the current focus of Sustainable cities, economy and life for its citizens.

The increase in waste generation as a by-product of economic development has led to increase in environment pollution to great extent. Various authorities are working in various capacities to manage waste. Solid Waste Management (SWM) is one among the basic essential services provided by municipal authorities in the country to keep urban cities clean. However, almost all municipal authorities deposit solid waste at a dump-yard within or outside the city haphazardly. It is believed that India is following a flawed system of waste disposal and management.

The mass of waste in the cities produced in the country is still debatable as actual quantities have still not been ascertained but are estimated to be between 55 to 65 million tons per annum. To a certain extent, citizen awareness has been lit up, but the entire mission fritter away, especially when the collection of waste is not done in an efficient manner. 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.

The Economic Times at the launch edition of SDGs Impact summit presents a focused discussion on Waste Management which brings the key stakeholders, policy makers, Authorities, NGOs and thought leaders, together to discuss and deliberate some underlying challenges and roadmap for the way forward.

Speakers & Delegates Profile

Thought leaders from top companies across sectors, Municipal Authorities, Municipal Commissioners, Head of NGOs, Associations, Civic Bodies, Mission Directors and Policy Makers.

Key Points of Discussion:

  • Collection and Transportation of Waste
  • Using technology as an aid
  • Different streams of recycling and resource recovery
  • Community Participation & Employment opportunities
  • Sole or shared responsibility and ownership on project developments

Agenda

Time Session
14:00 – 14:05 Welcome Address
14:05 – 15:05

Panel Discussion: Beyond Bags, Bottles & Straws – Mitigating the Impact of Waste & its Management

Key Points of Discussion:

  • Collection and Transportation of Waste
  • Using technology as an aid
  • Different streams of recycling and resource recovery
  • Community Participation & Employment opportunities
  • Sole or shared responsibility and ownership on project developments
15:05 – 15:10 Valedictory note

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