Crop residues in India: Waste-to-resource or not?

10th May 2015

Source: Times of India

Crop burning: Habits die hard in Punjab, Haryana

CHANDIGARH: They have been warned, threatened with prosecution and even offered inducements. But a number of farmers in Punjab and Haryana seem disinclined to stop their environment-unfriendly bi-annual exercise of burning crop residue, cited by environmentalists as one of the prinicipal causes of dust haze and air pollution in Delhi and northern India.

With the wheat harvest in both the states nearly over, authorities are attempting in whatever they can to discourage farmers from burning the crop residue in their fields. The main concern of the authorities, especially the pollution control boards in both the states, is the harm that the crop burning – wheat stubble and paddy straw – causes to the environment.

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A review of the draft Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2015- Down to Earth

27th April 2015

Source: Down to Earth

Author: Swati Singh Sambyal


The draft Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2015, has initiated the inclusion of several stakeholders in an attempt for effective plastic waste management.

The draft rules have added definitions of facility, institutional generator, plastic sheet, producer, street vendor, urban local body, waste generator, waste pickers and prescribed authorities—State Pollution Contol Boards (SPCB), Pollution Control Committee (PCC), Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), gram panchayat, district magistrate and district commissioner. They have also redefined a few existing definitions—carry bags, commodity, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), manufacturer, multilayered packaging, plastic, plastic waste and registration. They have clearly demarcated the roles and responsibilities of producer, waste generator, SPCB/PCC, ULB, gram panchayat, district magistrate, and district commissioner. Continue reading “A review of the draft Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2015- Down to Earth”

Can incinerators help manage India’s growing waste management problem? – Economic Times (New Delhi)

28th April 2015

Source: Economic TImes (Delhi Edition)

Author: Hari Pulakkat

The Okhla Waste To Energy (WTE) plant sits in 15 acres of prime land, between the Apollocan-incinerators-help-manage-indias-growing-waste-management-problem Hospital and the offices of country’s top scientific research body, CSIR. In close proximity to the plant are Holy Family and Escorts Heart Institute, and Sukhdev Vihar, with a large residential population comprising doctors and engineers. Not too far are Friends Colony and Maharini Bagh where some of the rich and well connected people of Delhi live. It is easy to smell the plant from a distance, even before you begin to see it.

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‘Solid waste no more waste but like gold’ says Sri Lankan-born scientist C. Visvanathan- Daily FT (Sri Lanka)

How would we react to a nauseatingly stinking dump of garbage in the vicinity? Stinking of all kinds of foul odours because it is in various stages of natural decomposition? Many of us would wrinkle up our noses and try to walk away from it as fast as possible. That is because for many of us, garbage is a waste, a polluter of environment and a violator of our aesthetic feelings. Hence, in our judgment, garbage is something that should not be there in a decent environment.


When you see a heap of dirt, you must see a beautiful rose
We hold this view, because our vision does not extend beyond our eyesight. However, if we are able to see the whole process of a natural phenomenon, our view on garbage would be different. This was beautifully explained by the Vietnam born Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, in a commentary he wrote on the Prajnaparamita Hrdaya Sutra, also known as Heart Sutra and said to have been preached by Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, (Sutra available at: ) under the title ‘The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra’ Continue reading “‘Solid waste no more waste but like gold’ says Sri Lankan-born scientist C. Visvanathan- Daily FT (Sri Lanka)”

BOOK FEATURE- Earthworm Vermicompost: A Sustainable Alternative to Chemical Fertilizers for Organic Farming

13th April 2015


Book Description:
Earthworm’s vermicompost is a nutritive organic fertilizer rich in NKP, micronutrients, and beneficial soil microbes. They are scientifically proven to be excellent growth promoters and protectors for crop plants. In experiments with corn and wheat crops it displayed excellent growth performances in terms of height of plants, color and texture of leaves, as well as the appearance of fruiting structures. There is also less incidences of pest and disease attack and reduced demand of water for irrigation. This book discusses and presents data which suggest that the vermicompost of earthworms contributes to an increase in the yield of crops when used as a fertilizer.

Authors: Rajiv K. Sinha, Sunil Herat, Dalsukh Valani, Brijal K. Soni and Vinod Chandran (Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia)

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Govt drafts new waste management norms- The Times of India

Apr 10, 2015

Source: The Times of India

In order to implement waste management policies effectively, the environment ministry has come out with four separate draft rules for managing municipal solid waste, e-waste (computers, mobiles or other electronic/electrical gadgets), plastic waste and medical waste and sought opinion of public\experts\stakeholders within 60 days before fine-tuning and notifying those rules for implementation across the country.

Draft rules have specified certain dos and don’ts for waste generators (both domestic and commercial), manufacturers, producers, consumers, collection centres, dealers, dismantlers and recyclers. Continue reading “Govt drafts new waste management norms- The Times of India”

Maharashtra leads in solid waste generation- The Times of India (Pune)

April 4, 2015

Source: The Times of India (Pune Edition)

Author: Neha Madaan
Maharashtra generates over 26,820 tonne solid waste per day, more than any other state in the country, a recent Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) report has said. The report was compiled after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the board to submit an independent comment in relation to formulating a national policy concerning collection and disposal of municipal solid waste. Continue reading “Maharashtra leads in solid waste generation- The Times of India (Pune)”

Collaboration with UNEP-IETC

Collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme- International Environment Technology Centre (UNEP-IETC)

The International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) is a branch of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) / Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE). The UNEP-IETC works for the development and application of technologies for sustainable development in developing countries. UNEP-IETC is currently focusing on waste management issues. Continue reading “Collaboration with UNEP-IETC”