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Waste Management Key to Regaining Public Trust in the Arab World- Suhas Dixit Review

The municipal management of household garbage or solid waste is one of the simplest, most common signs of a working relationship between the state and its citizens. Lebanon’s recent problem—of municipalities leaving garbage to pile up uncollected—has caused public outcry and public demonstrations. It is an example of a failed social contract between the state and its citizens. Know more about Suhas Dixit Review on The management of waste in Arab World.

It is, as one local youth put it, not just about services: “The root cause of the waste crisis in Lebanon is not technical but political. There is no political will to solve the problem—from one side mainly because of the failure of state institutions and a deadlock in decision making within the cabinet; and from the other, because multiple political actors with vested interests have been blocking any solution”.

This piece examines three countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region—Morocco, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia—each of which have had a unique journey, both in the way they have learned to manage solid waste and in how this has translated into an important part of the relationship that has evolved between their citizens, local authorities, and national governments. Read more

EXPANSION OF WASTE MANAGEMENT CENTRE IN THE WORKS

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

Peeping into the Future of Waste

Waste management is an important tool for curbing climate change and for keeping our environment clean and healthy. Methane generated from biodegradable wastes is a powerful greenhouse gas, and when it’s not captured and used as a fuel it contributes to rapid warming of the atmosphere. Estimates suggest that biodegradable waste in dump sites and uncapped landfill sites are contributing far more methane to the atmosphere than previously thought. What’s more, urban food waste is predicted to increase by 44% from 2005 to 2025, and with no proper management in place, will significantly add to global greenhouse gas emissions. Read more

Cabinet likely to approve policy for producing more compost from municipal garbage

NEW DELHI: In its bid to push production of compost from municipal solid waste, the Cabinet on Wednesday is likely to approve the proposal to provide subsidy to cities that will take up this task vigorously. As per the proposal, the fertilizer ministry will provide Rs 1,500 subsidy to city administration and municipal bodies for selling every tonne of such compost.

The proposal also includes making it mandatory for the urea marketing companies to sell compost from municipal waste. Sources said the norm is likely to mandate selling of 3-4 bags of compost for every 6-7 bags of urea. Read more

BMC CONFIRMS NEW DUMP YARD IN MULUND, LOCALS RAISE A STINK

The BMC confirmed a new dumping ground at Mulund even as city activists are planning to meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board authorities to discuss the mismanagement of the city’s solid waste.

Thirty-two hectares of land at Mulund, near the Airoli Bridge, has been allocated for solidwaste management. This means that the new proposed dumping ground at Airoli Bridge, and the existing dumping grounds at Kanjurmarg, Chembur and Mulund will take all of the city’s solid waste. The plan is being opposed by locals and Nationalist Congress Party. Read more

Peeping into the Future of Waste

Waste management is an important tool for curbing climate change and for keeping our environment clean and healthy. Methane generated from biodegradable wastes is a powerful greenhouse gas, and when it’s not captured and used as a fuel it contributes to rapid warming of the atmosphere. Estimates suggest that biodegradable waste in dump sites and uncapped landfill sites are contributing far more methane to the atmosphere than previously thought. What’s more, urban food waste is predicted to increase by 44% from 2005 to 2025, and with no proper management in place, will significantly add to global greenhouse gas emissions. Read more

Pay hefty fine for littering trains, railway stations

New Delhi: When in a Railway station, you may have thrown a banana peel or an empty packet of chips on the railway tracks, and got away without anyone needling you. Not any more!

If you are caught littering the train, railway track or railway premises, you may be charged a fine of up to Rs 500 for the casual act. Read more

Cabinet likely to approve policy for producing more compost from municipal garbage

NEW DELHI: In its bid to push production of compost from municipal solid waste, the Cabinet on Wednesday is likely to approve the proposal to provide subsidy to cities that will take up this task vigorously. As per the proposal, the fertilizer ministry will provide Rs 1,500 subsidy to city administration and municipal bodies for selling every tonne of such compost.

The proposal also includes making it mandatory for the urea marketing companies to sell compost from municipal waste. Sources said the norm is likely to mandate selling of 3-4 bags of compost for every 6-7 bags of urea. Read more

Should plastic bags be recycled or banned?

California has become an interesting test-case for both approaches to one plastic problem.

Back in 2006, California passed a law that mandated a system for recycling plastic shopping bags. Today, supermarkets and other large stores have receptacles where plastic bags can be returned for recycling.

However, a recent report from the Associated Press found that it’s difficult to measure how successful this program has been. They found that the data collected by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has not been analyzed since 2009, when about 3 percent of bags made it to recycling. The department did provide reporters with the raw data: Read more

Introduction to Biorefinery

A biorefinery is a facility that integrates biomass conversion processes and equipment to produce fuels, power, and value-added chemicals from biomass. Biorefinery is analogous to today’s petroleum refinery, which produces multiple fuels and products from petroleum. By producing several products, a biorefinery takes advantage of the various components in biomass and their intermediates, therefore maximizing the value derived from the biomass feedstock. Read more