Integrated Solid Waste Management in India—Implications from the Case Study of Hunsur Municipality, Karnataka
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The efficient management of solid waste in a city is laid on the foundation of proper planning and its implementation with active participation from the government as well as the public. The urban local bodies (ULBs) are entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining sanitary conditions in a city. In India, the integrated solid waste management is getting pace and certainly is a very important step towards resource efficiency and achieving the sustainable development goals (SDG). Hunsur, a City Municipal Council located in Mysore District of Karnataka, won the “Best City for Solid Waste Management in the south zone”, in the Swachh Survekshan 2018. With this feather on the cap, Hunsur needs to be evaluated for further improvement and the best practices may be replicated in other parts of the country. The current study aims to showcase the success story to the scientific community and other stakeholders with a proper understanding of the current status of solid waste management in Hunsur and the steps taken by the council to implement an efficient solid waste management in the city. The study also analyses the system for a scope of improvement in the existing solid waste management system from the perspective of resource circulation and sustainability. While the global focus is on achieving the SDGs, as one of the fastest growing economies, it is imperative for Indian citizens to contribute towards the goals. The SDGs are not mutually exclusive, rather linked together in a stochastic network system. With one such initiative, more than one goal can be achieved, with the smallest units of the world embracing the path of efficient solid waste management. Hence, this paper is an effort to bring forth the significance of solid waste management in attaining SDG 2030 and how it embraces the concept of a circular economy.
KeywordsHunsur SBM SDG Circular economy Integrated solid waste management
The author’s would like to acknowledge City Municipal Council, Hunsur, Karnataka, India, for providing us with the required details. The authors would also like to acknowledge support from the community of the Global Academy of Technology. Additionally, the International Society of Waste Management, Air and Water (ISWMAW); Centre for Quality Management Systems (CQMS), Jadavpur University, Kolkata; Consortium of Researchers for Environmental Protection, Sustainability and Climate Change (CREPSCC) are gratefully acknowledged.
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