Gone to waste: How India is drowning in garbage

Travelling from central Delhi towards Ghazipur in the city’s east, the first warning that you get of the approaching landfill is the sight of circling birds of prey. The mound of waste itself becomes visible much before one is assaulted by its stench. Smoke rises steadily from the pile, as the decomposing waste generates highly combustible methane gas. Read more

Navi Mumbai municipal corporation wins award for solid waste management

NAVI MUMBAI: The civic body has topped the list for the Clean Earth Award for excellence in solid waste management under a nation-wide survey conducted by Andhra Pradesh Technology Development and Promotion Centre.

The award was given to the NMMC officials by the chief secretary of the Andhra Pradesh government at a function held in Hyderabad on Friday.
“For the award, strict evaluation guidelines were followed, which included daily data about collection of door-to-door solid waste, the logistic system, scientific disposal at the dumping ground etc,” Rajale said.

The award panel also visited the city’s landfill facility during the process of selection, he added.
The award was received by Dr Babasaheb Rajale, head of civic solid waste management, Dr Sanjay Pattiwar, additional civic commissioner and Poonam Patil, head of health committee.

“We scored the highest for our efficient solid waste management system, which was well appreciated at the award function. We have set a good precedent on this subject for civic bodies in other cities to follow,” said Rajale.
Madurai won the second spot in the nation-wide recognition, where several municipal corporations across the country were shortisted for the top honour.
Earlier, Navi Mumbai was declared the cleanest city in the state and came third in the national level.



About 3,000 tonnes of solid domestic waste is collected and disposed of daily across Qatar, a top official of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) said on Wednesday.
Speaking at the Waste Management and Recycling Summit, Safar Mubarak al-Shafi, director of general, cleanliness project and mechanical equipment at the MME, said the figure did not include construction and hazardous wastes collected from different industrial and construction locations.
According to the official, workers deployed by the Ministry also handle street cleaning and transfer of waste to dumping stations from where it is transported to domestic solid waste management centre in Mesaieed. “It is the only facility of its kind in the Middle East.” Read more

Water Security in the Arab World

Water availability in the Arab region is a critical issue as the region has 5 percent of the world’s population having access to merely 1 percent of the world’s total water resources. According to United Nations estimates, around 12 Arab countries suffer from severe water shortages. The per capita availability of renewable water resources is less than 500 m3 per year. In order to resolve this critical situation, many projects in the Arab Strategy for Water Security (2010-2030) support efficient management and use of water resources. Read more

One-third of fish caught in Channel have plastic contamination, study shows

One-third of fish caught off the south-west coast of England have traces of plastic contamination from sources including sanitary products and carrier bags, scientists have found.

The Plymouth University study, published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, looked at the occurrence of plastic in 10 species of fish caught in the English Channel. Read more

California bans microbeads to protect marine life

California governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday requiring Californiato phase out the use of microscopic exfoliating beads in personal care products sold in the state starting in 2020 to protect fish and wildlife.

The tiny plastic beads found in soap, toothpaste and body washes are so small that they are showing up in the bodies of fish and other wildlife after passing through water filtration systems without disintegrating. Read more

Up to 90% of seabirds have plastic in their guts, study finds

As many as nine out of 10 of the world’s seabirds are likely to have pieces of plastic in their guts, a new study estimates.

An Australian team of scientists who have studied birds and marine debris found that far more seabirds were affected than the previous estimate of 29%. Theirresults were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more

Funding problems hit plan to clean Rio’s polluted waterways ahead of Olympics

With the Olympic Games just months away, Rio de Janeiro has a problem: rubbish. Hundreds of tonnes of unprocessed waste flow into the Guanabara Bay every year. The problem isn’t new but the prospect of Olympic swimmers and sailors taking to Rio’s contaminated waters have put the issue in the spotlight.

Previous promises from Rio officials to “regenerate Rio’s magnificent waterways” through investment in sanitation have not delivered results. Could the Dutch environment ministry have better luck? In an ambitious and diplomatically unorthodox move it has pulled together some of the country’s leading waste experts, including businesses and NGOs, to propose a variety of innovative solutions under the name Clean Urban Delta Initiative Read more

Recycling Prospects in Saudi Arabia

The concept of waste recycling has been getting increasing attention in Saudi Arabia in recent years. The country produces around 15 million tons of municipal solid waste each year with an average daily rate of 1.4 kg per person. This rate is projected to double (30 million tons per year) by 2033 with current annual population growth rate of 3.4%. The major ingredients of Saudi Arabian municipal solid waste are food waste (40-51%), paper (12-28%), cardboard (7%), plastics (5-17%), glass (3-5%), wood (2-8%), textile (2-6%), metals (2-8%) etc. depending on the urban activities and population density of studied region. Read more

Human litter found in Europe’s deepest ocean depths

hermione-project-seafloo-006 Bottles, plastic bags, fishing nets and other human litter have been found in Europe’s deepest ocean depths, according one of the largest scientific surveys of the seafloor to date.

Scientists used video and trawl surveys to take nearly 600 samples from 32 sites in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans and the Mediterranean Sea, from depths of 35 metres to 4.5 kilometres. They found rubbish in every Mediterranean site surveyed, and all the way from the continental shelf of Europe to the mid-Atlantic ridge, around 2,000km from land. Read more