United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

India

Statement of Indian Delegation on Waste Management ? 2ND March, 2011
at New York during IPM of CSD 19
Thank you Mr Chairperson. The report produced by the Secretary General on
waste management is an excellent document. Efficient waste management is a must
for sustainable development and poverty eradication. I would like to enlist some of
the initiatives taken by India:
To address the issues related to management of industrial hazardous wastes, the
Hazardous Wastes (Management, Handling and Transboundary Movement) Rules
were notified in 2008. These rules provide the broader definition of hazardous waste
harmonising it with that of Basel Convention and bring issues of e-waste management
into the ambit of hazardous waste management.
The Environmental Impact Assessment notification of 2006 requires
environmental clearance of common waste treatment and disposal facilities developed
in different states generally via public?private partnerships.
The National Action Plan on Climate Changes has identified eight missions
including mission on sustainable habitat, which addresses issues related to municipal
solid waste management.
Central Pollution Control Board has issued guidelines on co-processing of
waste in cement, power and steel industry sectors in February 2010. In addition to
identifying possible waste streams which can be co-processed, the Board also
provides waste acceptance criteria and emission standards for facilities processing
such wastes.
To solve the problem of fly ash emanating from thermal power plants, use of
flay ash based construction material by agencies involved in construction have been
mandated. This has resulted into the thermal power plants now getting revenues for
disposal of fly ash as compared to their paying earlier.
With regard to Municipal solid waste, it has been made mandatory for
municipal authorities to set up waste processing and disposal facilities, identify
sanitary landfill sites, and improving existing dumpsites. A Waste to Energy
programme has also been started by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
Mr Chairman, because of the economic growth and industrialisation, the
increasing volumes of solid and hazardous waste and its management is becoming a
major problem for the developing countries. These developing countries need
enhanced support in the shape of transfer of technology and financing for efficient
waste management.
Thank you.
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