Indian cities are failing miserably at garbage management
- 1.43 lakh Metric Tonnes (MT) of garbage is generated in Indian cities every day.
- 1.1 lakh MT of this is generally dumped in open
- This is completely unprocessed and pollutes the surrounding land, air and groundwater.
AdvertisementAbout 1.43 lakh Metric Tonnes (MT) of garbage is generated in the Indian cities every day. However, only about 35,600 MT, which is a quarter of the total garbage generated, undergoes processing every day. The remaining 1.1 lakh MT is generally dumped in open landfills, which overflows and pollutes the surrounding land, air and groundwater.
Out of the 35 states, only eight process more than 50% of the garbage from the cities, including
The state-wise data on the website of the Urban Affairs Ministry shows that some, like Arunachal Pradesh and Dadra & Nagar Haveli, don't process municipal garbage at all. Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand are stuck at less than 10%.
Chhattisgarh tops the list with 74%, followed by Telangana (67%), Sikkim (66%) and Goa (62%). These are the only four states that process more than 60% of their daily garbage.
On the plus side, 61,846, which is three-quarters of the 84,000 municipal wards in
According to the
The CSE backs segregation at source, recycling and reusing against the centralised approach of landfills. A change in the behaviour of citizens and an approach of local
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