Waste Management Team is chaired by Mr Vishwas Jape, Senior advisor to World Bank and Maharashtra Government

waste management team

Solid Waste can be classified into biodegradable waste (such as food and kitchen waste); recyclable materials (such as paper, glass, bottles, metals and certain plastics) and domestic hazardous waste (such as medication, chemicals, light bulbs and batteries).

Solid waste management is one of the major challenges in India. The segregation of waste is almost negligible. Municipal Solid Waste is dumped in a mixed form in an unscientific manner on open waste land or low lying areas even near creeks, forests, rivers, ponds and other ecological sensitive regions. This practice is commonly known as ‘Open dumping’.

Inefficient collection, recycling/treatment and uncontrolled disposal of waste can lead to health risks, environmental pollution, contamination of ground water and the breeding of insects and attracting rodents. The dump sites often become a source for all kinds of diseases. Besides this, it leads to formation of secondary pollutants like Hydrogen sulfide, methanethiol and other Hydro sulfurous pollutants. Methane, which is one of the gases produced, causes fires and toxic smoke.
The task of solid-waste management presents complex technical challenges. It also poses a wide variety of administrative, economic, and social problems that must be managed and solved.

Waste to Energy

Waste-to-EnergyWaste-to-energy or energy-from-waste is the process of creating energy in the form of electricity or heat from the incineration or processing of organic waste material. Most waste-to-energy processes produce energy directly through combustion, or produce a combustible fuel commodity, such as methane, methanol, ethanol or synthetic fuels.
The most common technology implemented for waste-to-energy processes is incineration. Organic waste material is processed through a gassifier to produce renewable energy. Other technologies implemented include scientific dumpsite closure, biomethanation, Gasification and RDF (refuse derived fuel).

What does ECA do:

• Create awareness to reduce waste and plastic dumping
• Monitor waste collection, transportation and disposal
• Hold cleaning drives involving communities to make areas free of plastic waste with the help of the Local Body
• Initiate waste to energy projects at municipal level
• Control and stop waste dumping in rivers