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April 09, 2015

Draft rules by the Environment Ministry on Waste Management

Recognising the need for effective waste management, the Environment Ministry has drafted guidelines to invite public feedback on waste segregation, collection, transportation and disposal.

This Mint article goes on to say that:


"No waste generator shall throw the waste generated by him on the street, open spaces, drain or water bodies. All waste generators shall pay such user fee or charge or fines, as may be specified in the bye-laws of the urban local bodies for solid waste management. "


The proposals stress the need for reuse of waste in a country that every year generates 400,000 tonnes of electronic waste, 1.5 million tonnes of plastic waste, 1.7 million tonnes of medical waste, 48 million tonnes of municipal waste, as per a report published by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India in 2008. The new rules clearly define terms that were previously left ambiguous. The draft Solid Waste Management Rules, 2015, which would replace the Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000, clearly define “sanitary waste” and how it should be disposed of. The previous one had no mention of sanitary waste".

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