February 12, 2020

Madras Waste Exchange

Humans generate a thumping 2.12 billion tons of waste per year (1) There are more than 50 types of waste (2). Still, Municipal Solid Wastes (MSW) is a significant contributor since it includes items that are dumped by us every day. MSWs includes Bio-degradable wastes (Kitchen and other green wastes), Recyclables, Electrical and Electronic wastes, Toxic wastes, etc. Major cities around the world have their way of discarding MSW. Take, for instance, New York, which is the world's most wasteful city (3), generates 14 million tons of trash each year. The majority of this trash ends up in landfills and the rest in waste-to-energy plants. Their dedicated garbage disposal routes equipped with more reliable technologies work seamlessly to remove all types of waste. But that' is unquestionably not the case in several developing nations, including India.

Recently revised Solid Waste Management Rules ('16) alludes that India generates 62 million tons of MSW every year (4). This figure could soar up to 165 million tons (5) by 2030, which could be catastrophic for our environment if we don't actively welcome novel ways to recycle and discard carefully. "The Detroit of India," Chennai gets a head start by becoming the first city to establish an online waste exchange portal for MSW. With a population of over 8 million covering 426 sq.km, Chennai generates 5000+ tons of MSW. Chennai empties its wastes in Kodungaiyur and Peringudi landfills, thereby polluting the local marshlands. To attain a knotty 'Zero-landfills' status, the Chennai corporation kicked off its Madras Waste Exchange platform. This trading platform employs the concept of Circular economy in waste management that directly connects buyers (Both private partners and informal small-scale traders) and sellers of different kinds of waste.

This 'initiation' is just the tip of an iceberg, and the Indian Government must actively invest and trust its researchers to explore novel waste management techniques. The future is bleak if our landfill overflows. So, next time if you throw a Pepsi tin or a wrongfully printed paper, make sure its discarded in its respective bins as prescribed by the government of India (Wet, dry and Domestic Hazardous waste)

[line] If you are in Chennai. looking to get rid of MSWs download this app

or visit https://www.madraswasteexchange.com 

For more details about India's policy on Municipal Solid Waste Management - Download Government of India SWM'2016 Revised Rules. 

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