With citizens contributing as much as 600 grams of waste daily, India generates 62 million tonnes of waste every year. The Ministry of Environment and Forests estimates that waste generation will increase from 62 million tonnes to about 165 million tonnes by the year 2030.
Development Alternatives (DA) in collaboration with the Delhi Government has piloted the initiative of ‘Decentralised Waste Management’ in E-block of Saraswati Vihar, Pitampura. The project is being supported by the Department of Environment, Government of National Capital Territory. Development Alternatives has built capacities of residents, implemented decentralised waste management practise and built public perspectives for advocating ‘Zero Waste’ concept through home composting.
Rapid urbanisation and increasing population are adding to the woes of waste management in Delhi, as the capital city produces tonnes of waste every day. Waste managers are struggling with waste disposal, management of ‘mixed waste’ and transformational costs.
Recently our Sunday ritual involved having the quintessential Misal Pav at a local joint and getting back home just in time to watch the latest episode of ‘Satyamev Jayate’. Sitting together to witness the harsh reality of our country for an hour and later discussing about the possible solutions over lunch had become a routine. The conversation used to ignite the zenith of patriotism within us. It was as if we would leave the table and march towards a revolution. This fire would eventually be utilized to digest the insane amount of Mutton Rassa and Rice, which would obviously culminate into a nice long nap! By the time we woke up,