CSE releases its rating of selected cities which manage and segregate their municipal waste most efficiently
- Vengurla, a tiny city in Maharashtra, gets the Five Leaves Award
- Rated cities are part of CSE’s Forum of Cities that Segregate. Rating done on the basis of their performance in 2017-18
- Awards given out at the Forum’s annual conclave in Delhi – CSE releases assessment report of performance of 20 cities
- Smaller cities (less than 0.1 million population) and mid-size cities (0.1-1 million) perform better than million-plus cities
- Indore, Panchgani, Alappuzha, Thiruvananthapuram etc ranked high. Delhi-NCR did not perform well
“Keeping our cities clean by only collecting and disposing wastes is not sufficient. What is required is source-segregation, proper treatment, recycle and reuse of the waste. Zero landfill should be the goal of municipal waste management in India,” said Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), while announcing the awards for most efficient management and segregation of waste by Indian cities which are members of the ‘Forum of Cities that Segregate’.
- Vengurla, Maharashtra, received the highest Five Leaves Award. Panchagani, another city with less than 0.1 million residents, got the Four Leaves Award. So did two mid-level cities –Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram. In million plus cities, Indore and Mysuru got the Four Leaves.
- The National Capital Region didnot perform well. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) received the Two Leaves Award; Gurugram got One Leaf only.
- Most of the Forum cities have efficient collection and transportation systems to collect and transfer waste to the processing/landfill sites.
- Four of the 20 Forum cities assessed have a segregation percentage higher than 90 per cent: Indore in Madhya Pradesh, Panchgani and Vengurla in Maharashtra and Alappuzha in Kerala.
- Six Forum cities have wet waste processing greater than 90 per cent: Indore, Mysuru, Alappuzha, Panchgani, Balaghat and Vengurla. Four Forum cities have 90 per cent or higher dry waste processing: Panchgani, Vengurla, Indore and Alappuzha.
- Thiruvananthapuram and Alappuzha have invested in creating decentralised systems for waste management. Some of the cities are also promoting decentralised processing at household level.
- Some Forum cities have worked to ensure minimum disposal in landfills and maximum resource utilisation. Panchgani, Vengurla and Alappuzha have created systems to adopt a zero landfill model. Vengurla has no dump site or landfill.
- A few of the Forum cities have enacted bye-laws as per the SWM Rules, 2016: they include Indore, SDMC, EDMC, Muzaffarpur, Vengurla and Bobbili. The enforcement of the bye-laws remains a challenge as does the enforcement of Plastic Waste Management Rules (PWM), 2016.
- Indore has set up an efficient system for collection and processing of e-waste, construction and demolition (C&D) waste and bio-medical waste.