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Managing India's Hazardous Wastes

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Vol NO: VOL.12, ISSUE 73

"Hazardous wastes, bulk of which is generated by industries, can pollute and adversely affect human health if managed poorly. The effective management of such wastes is therefore essential. India urgently needs an appropriate strategy for generators of wastes and recyclers; regulatory bodies and operators of the facilities to treat and dispose hazardous wastes in an environmentally sound manner. Various interventions such as regulatory and institutional framework, technical guidelines, development of individual and common facilities for recycle-recovery-reuse, inventory, treatment and disposal of hazardous wastes, identification and assessment of dump sites for the purpose of preparing remediation plans and awareness creation amongst various stakeholders are in place. However, these activities need to be expanded, reinforced and strengthened. India needs to achieve ‘zero disposals of hazardous wastes’ through cost effective innovative technologies and practices. Further, the management of ‘end of life’ consumer products containing hazardous constituents, such as used lead acid batteries, waste electrical and electronic equipment etc. must give primacy to recycle-recovery-reuse model. Wastes not am




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    Sulagna Chattopadhyay

    The growing economy along with emerging industries generates hazardous waste which if not managed can pose to be a serious health hazard. Various strategies put forward by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in terms of regulatory and institutional framework, technical guidelines, identification, treatment and disposal to manage such waste are in place, but they require effective implementations.

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