a) An integrated approach to the management of solid, hazardous and e-waste, the environmental damage cost of which is estimated to be over five per cent of India’s GDP ($32 billion), and focus on promoting organised and scientific recycling of wastes have become indispensable for a sustainable utilization of natural resources and their protection from toxic releases.
The integrated waste management approach, possible only with the active participation of government authorities and all stakeholders would provide a holistic and viable solution to industries and communities for maximizing recovery of valuable end-products from wastes and minimizing effluents for disposal, Mr Ram N Agnihotri, National Head, Hazardous Waste Management & Biomedical Waste Management, Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd., said.
Addressing the third `Waste management summit 2012’, with the theme, `Waste management – solutions for sustainable future’, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), he said the lack of technical and financial resources and of regulatory control for the management of wastes in the past have led to the unscientific disposal of wastes in India. They posed serious risks to human, animal and plant life.
``There is an urgent need for a detailed assessment of the current and future scenario of waste management and recycling, including quantification, characteristics, existing disposal practices, environmental impacts etc’’, he said.
He also highlighted that only 10-12% of this was treated or recycled, though almost the entire E-waste could be recycled if done scientifically. ``The business potential of e-waste is estimated to be Rs 700 crore’’, he said.
Mr Agnihotri said it was possible to produce 1700 mw from the estimated 55 million tonnes of urban solid waste and 6000 million cubic meters of liquid waste generated annually. Power production potential from industrial waste was estimated to be 1300 mw. So far only 50 projects with a total capacity of about 73.66 MWeq have been awarded for power generation, utilizing only 2.4% of the total potential.
b) Prof Dr Asit Baran Mandal, Director, Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), stressing the conceptual aspect of waste management, said there was infinite possibilities to tackle problems emerging from the change in time and space. ``But we have to take right decisions in the right pale at the right time’’, he said.
Dr Mandal called for a change in mindset to move away from conventional practices and adopt new technologies to reduce waste in any industry, including leather.
Dr Mandal released the `Best practices manual on `Industrial Solid Waste Management’,
c) The Manual has a list of 45 best projects on solid waste management chosen from 10 broad sectors like automobile, FMCG, Fertilizer, Metal, Paint, Power, Petrochemical, Pulp & paper and Sugar and Distillery.
d) Mr S Mani, chairman, Industrial Waste Management Association, and President Orchid Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd, said the all important question was, ``how we are going to bring back sustainability’’. He said for this ``we should reduce consumption, take only what we need. Don’t take what we do not need. Allow it to remain with nature. It is always there for us to take when we need’’.
He also stressed the need for reuse and recycling as the natural resources like fossil fuels were fast depleting. ``We are at a stage in the history of earth that we all have to start thinking how we are going to bring back sustainability’’, Mr Mani said.
e) Mr Narayanan Sethuramon, Vice-Chairman, CII Tamil Nadu, and Managing director and chief executive officer of W S Industries, highlighted the case of the Japanese city of Kitakyushu which has become an eco-town of zero-emission system with the large number of recycling industries.
The Waste Management Summit 2012, with a focus on “Solutions for a Sustainable Future” on 6-7 September 2012 at Chennai organized by CII.
The Waste Management Summit aims at creating a platform to bring various stake holders and policy makers to address legal aspects, acclimatize new concepts & technologies in waste management & recycling and fostering waste management & recycling movement in India. Waste Management Summit 2012 will focus on the following: Ø Developing strategies to promote Waste Management & Recycling in India Ø Panel discussions by key stakeholders to promote the “Organized and Scientific Recycling in the country” Ø Focused session on “E Waste Management” Ø Learn more on technological development on site remediation and landfill management, material conservation and recycling ,sustainable packing etc Ø Corporate initiatives and success Stories The event would be addressed by experts on waste management, drawn from across the globe. The summit will also offer opportunities for showcasing the products and meet technology developers, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, solution providers, policy-makers and academia drawn from India & abroad.
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