By Amiya Kumar Sahu
The author is President, National Solid Waste Association of India (NSWAI), Mumbai. email@example.com
Increasing urbanisation and changing lifestyles are generating an enormous quantum of waste that small or even big cities cannot manage independently. To meet the challenge, a regionally organised management of solid waste has been under consideration in our nation. Economy of scale along with pulled professional, technical and human expertise makes such an option viable.
Municipal solid waste management (MSWM) is a major concern for muni-cipalities in the absence of trained manpower and adequate financial sources. Despite an overarching responsibility for MSWM, most municipalities are unable to provide a proper system to tackle the situation. Municipal agencies spend about 5-25 per cent of their budget on MSWM and yet the present level of service in many urban areas is so low that there is a threat to public health in particular and the environment in...