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Toxic smoke from Bhalswa landfill chokes city- Suhas Dixit Review

Huge plumes of white smoke covered an otherwise clear blue sky in North Delhi on Wednesday, as fires fed by garbage at the Bhalswa landfill raged on. Read Suhas Dixit review to know more about the hazards and precautions.

Small fires at North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s Bhalswa landfill turned into a blaze earlier this week and fire tenders had to be called in. On Wednesday, apart from many smaller fires that can be seen throughout the year, a large cloud of smoke was emanating from the landfill.

At a time that Delhi is embarking on round two of the odd-even scheme and the government is focusing on reducing air pollution, the landfill fires pose not only a direct health hazard, but a challenge to reducing air pollution. Read more

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

Combatting food waste with effective waste management

Food waste is a major issue throughout the UK, highlighted by campaigns from the government’s waste advisory body, Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), along with the Global Commission on the Economy & Climate. Recent findings show that one-third of all food produced in the world ends up as waste, valuing more than £259 billion per year. However, it’s not just consumers who need to reduce and combat food waste – manufacturers and retailers must, too.

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According to WRAP, over 4.1 million tonnes of food is wasted each year by the food industry, equating to nearly 200,000 tonnes of C02 being produced. Combatting food waste isn’t just about reducing the amount being created, though; it’s also about properly managing the waste that is unavoidable. Read more

New rules for biomedical waste management released

The Ministry of Environment and Forests’ new Biomedical Waste Management Rules 2016 “will change the way the country used to manage biomedical waste” and “make a big difference to the Clean India Mission,” Union Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, said, while releasing the rules recently. Read more

Moving beyond waste management towards a green economy

Our current resource use is not sustainable and is putting pressure on our planet. We need to facilitate a transition towards a circular, green economy by moving beyond waste policies and focusing on eco-design, innovation and investments. Research can foster not only innovation in production, but also in business models and financing mechanisms.

The European Commission proposed on 2 December 2015 a new legislative package on circular economy. The package covers different stages of a product’s extended lifecycle from production and consumption to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials. The proposed actions are designed to benefit both the environment and the economy, and extract the maximum value and use from all raw materials, products and waste, fostering energy savings and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Read more

Waste Management proposes changes to Omaha’s trash and recycling collection

OMAHA, Neb. —Waste Management has submitted proposals to overhaul waste collection in Omaha, Mayor Jean Stothert said in a release Monday.

Waste Management’s current contract with the City of Omaha goes through 2020.

Mayor Stothert said she requested proposals to address “frequent complaints about the current level of service and plan for the future.”  Read more

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

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

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

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