SN Tripathi Memorial Lectures (2011)…

'Combating Climate Change Through Waste'
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Ms Bharati Chaturvedi

Government Policies

"While the Informal sector Is the backbone of India's highly successful recycling system, unfortunately a number of municipal regulations Impede the operation of the recyclers, owing to which they remain at a tiny scale without access to finance or Improved recycling technologies" - National Action Plan for Climate Change.

Policy and Law

The policies have clearly emphasised that who so ever produces the waste has to be responsible for its management. Various policy and legal measures include the following:

• Draft MSW Rules, 2011
• E-Waste (Management and Handling) 2011
• Plastics (Management and Handling) 2011
• NAP Climate Change 2009
• CAG Report 2007
• National Environmental Policy 2006

Chintan's Approach

• Social Wealth from Waste
• Waste as a tool for poverty alleviation
• Waste = Citizen's Tool to Fight Climate Change
• Use and Strengthen Local Resources
• Extended Producer Responsibility

Redefining PPP/Privatization

• Contract with private players
• Make specific efforts for niche areas for waste pickers
• Investment in capacity for these areas
• This reduces waste in landfills


It's not possible to ban on computers to reduce e-waste, hence its important to focus on collection. Chintan has organized the informal recyclers working in the most hazardous conditions. It is in a process of getting permission for that and act like e-waste collection agency. In such case all the waste will go for proper recycling.