At a time when the challenges of solid waste management in land-scarce urban areas in Chhattisgarh, including Raipur, Durg & Bhilai, are mounting, the State Government is gravely concerned at the single use of plastic bags and bottles, and also tonnes of wastes generated at construction and demolition sites.
“In order to arrest single use of plastic bags, which constitute 50 per cent of the plastic wastes, we need cooperation from all,” Mr. Pramod Dubey, Mayor Raipur Municipal Corporation said, adding that the RMC is extremely serious about converting wastes into wealth and a potent means to generate jobs.
“The RMC is also keen that all stakeholders – the Government, industry and private citizens – come together to evolve a robust waste management mechanism.”
According to him, challenges of solid wastes are no longer limited to urban areas. “The panchayat areas are also becoming relevant in the scheme of things,” he said, adding that a lot of good ventures can be built if industries come forward and share a helping hand.
Mr J Mukherjee, Chairman Core Committee on Waste Management CII Eastern Region Sustainability Sub Committee & MD GP Greens Energy Systems Pvt Ltd, said that waste management plays an important role in building a sustainable society and is a major catalyst for sustainable development. Zero
Waste is a latest visionary concept for confounding waste problem of our society. Modern Collection and transportation of municipal solid waste involve many technical steps and emerging technologies in waste management can help in resolving it.
Mr. N P Mohapatra, Chief General Manager, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), spoke of the immense business opportunities that farm wastes can create. He also said NABARD is playing a major role in funding organic farming carried out in a judicious and environment-friendly manner.
He also said that NABARD is promoting Social Entrepreneurship and creating a robust renewable energy infrastructure for farmers aiding through Saur Sujala Scheme, which has benefitted 51000 farmers and provided loan of 670 crs.
Mr. Ulhas Parlikar, Dy Head,Geocycle India, Chairman CII Waste Management Summit 2019, said waste is a resource which can be utilized for reconstruction, energy production. The Government of Chhattisgarh has taken proactive steps towards implementation of Waste Regulation Schemes.
“ It is actually a hidden treasure to make wealth,” he said, adding that finding new sources of income generation is an imperative.
He also underscored the importance of a circular economy, which, unlike a linear economy, ensures that whatever we produce and consume do not degenerate into irretrievable wastes, but come back as products or items of valuable use.
It’s extremely important to significantly reduce waste generation, maximize reuse / recycling and further utilization of the same as alternate raw material / fuel; thus reducing the burden in land filling.
“To fulfill this objective, we should adopt cleaner production technologies, utilize environmentally friendly alternative materials to minimize the effects on the environment and improve resource efficiency,” Mr. Parlikar said.>