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On behalf of the CCAC Waste Initiative, the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) conducted a workshop for cities in India with an aim to develop a city network to improve the solid waste management practices. A two-day workshop on “Best Practices for Solid Waste Management in Indian Cities’ was organised during 20-21 March 2017 at TERI RETREAT, Gual Pahari, Gurgaon, India.
Objectives of the workshop
The workshop was attended by 29 participants, which included municipal officials from different Indian cities, domestic and international experts in waste management and the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of India. There were 10 Municipal Officials from six different cities (East Delhi - 1, South Delhi - 2, Mumbai - 1, Chennai - 2, Coimbatore - 1, Kolkata - 2, Pune – 1). A few cities also presented case studies of best practices in solid waste management adopted by them.
Presentations by experts and case studies by the Cities
Participants visited the South Delhi’s Compost Plant in the Okhla. The Okhla compost plant is set up on Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework in association with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). Today, the plant processes 500 tons per day (TPD) of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) each day and produces 75 TPD of compost which is compliant to the Fertilizer Control Order (FCO). The plant works on mixed MSW and focuses on quality and refinement, ensuring removal of inerts and other unwanted material while producing compost by windrow method.
On the 2nd day of the workshop, all participants were divided into three different themes –Waste collection and transport, Landfilling and Organic waste processing. Each group comprised of participants from two cities and experts to assist and guide them, to identify the waste management challenges/problems and to come up with an action plan.