Ashis Sinha I JNS: The waste management approach must be re-evaluated in order to provide a sustainable future for the country’s inhabitants, said Professor Brajesh Kumar Dubey, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Kharagpur.
Delivering a talk through webinar, Professor Dubey emphasised the importance of moving from an end-of-pipe waste management method to a pro-active waste management approach.
The webinar organized by the Department of Environmental Science & Engineering, IIT-SIM Dhanbad on Tuesday on “Recent Advances in Municipal Solid Waste Management.”
With the second largest population globally, India produces a huge quantity of waste and a considerable percentage of it goes unmanaged. Being a developing county, India is following the end of pipe approach to waste management, he said.
“In coming decades, around 70 per cent of the Indian population will move to urban areas which will also increase the amount of waste that is being produced due to change in lifestyle,” added Professor Dubey.
Globally, the annual resource consumption has exceeded the resource produced annually by Mother Earth, and if we continue to do so, the future generation will be in peril. So, the addition of the concept of circular economy and resource recovery is extremely important in future waste management scenarios, said Professor Dubey.
Professor S. R. Sammadar, the organizer of the event said, “Minimization of waste generation, segregation at source and implementation of the concept of circular economy through resource recovery and utilization are the future of sustainable solid waste management”.