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Waste is gold: Proper waste management makes perfect business sense

MUMBAI: As India progresses on the path of development in this new age of resource scarcityand increasing population pressure leading to increased waste generation, the issue of waste management assumes critical importance. 

Highlighting the vitality of this issue at the CII Seminar on Waste Management R A Rajeev, principal secretary (environment), government of Maharashtra said, "India currently produces more than 65 million tonnes of waste annually of which more than 90 per cent requires proper treatment. If the plethora of regulations concerning waste disposal are not effectively implemented, the quality of life in the country will be gravely affected in the future." 

India has made significant progress in the area of hazardous waste management. However, the achievements in areas of solid and liquid waste disposal have not been significant. 

Rajeev stated that "less than 1 per cent of liquid waste is disposed scientifically in the country". Further, speaking on the role of the industry in waste management, he said, "The industry not only needs to take the responsibility for proper waste disposal of the waste it generates in its facilities but must also take up a larger role of spreading awareness among its target consumers about scientific methods of waste disposal, especially in case of e-waste." 

India currently lags behind in the kind of technology used for the disposal of waste. R V Sonje, chief engineer (environment) in Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) during his session on the government's role in this process said, "The Maharashtra government has decided to set up 7 new CEPT plants across the state with cumulative capacity of 40 MLD." 

"During his speech, while taking about the high cost of waste disposal in the current methods used, he urged the industry to come forward with viable alternative models of investments to help the government improve the existing waste management system in the country. 

Almost 75 per cent of waste generated by companies can be recycled. Adopting best practices in waste management can result in reducing cost and increasing efficiency besides giving companies other intangible benefits. Industries are slowly realizing these benefits and are gradually integrating waste management in their overall business strategy. Besides, as the waste generated in the country increases, a number of new companies are expected to capture the growing business opportunities in the waste management sector. 

H N Daruwalla, convenor, CII 
Maharashtra Energy and Environment Panel and executive vice-president and business head (E&E Services), Godrej and Boyce Mfg Co Ltd, said, "Proper waste management make perfect business sense." 

Ninad Karpe, chairman, CII Maharashtra State Council and CEO & managing director, Aptech Ltd, said, "E-waste will emerge as the biggest challenge for the industry in the future. There is need for all the stakeholders in this field to come together and work towards improving the waste management situation in the country. CII as an apex industry association has taken various step towards making India greener and cleaner."

The Times of India (25-09-2013)