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Public Lecture on "Swachh Kolkata - Are we really working toward it??"

Solid Waste Management has become one of the major challenges in the state of West Bengal. With high annual growth in urban population and rapid pace of urbanization the situation is becoming more and more critical with the passage of time.

Kolkata city now generates three times more Municipal Solid Wastes (MSW) than it did in 1981 because of increasing urbanization and changing life styles. The rate of increase of MSW generated per capita is estimated at 0.75 to 1.25% annually. An average house hold in the city generates approximately 1.5 kg of MSW per day, leading to around 5,400 tonnes of MSW generation for the entire city and it is estimated that this will grow to 8805 Mt per year by 2035.

But the City of Joy seems to be turning a blind eye to the importance of recycling waste. Only a tenth of the waste is recycled in the city and the rest goes into the open landfill. In Kolkata province and its towns, open dumping is the only option that is presently used for the management of the MSW.

Kolkata’s municipal solid waste generally consists of waste generated from residential, commercial and institutional areas, parks and streets, and is not sorted at the source, but stored in the same waste containers. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) provides door to door collection service, however, after collection the wastes are being transported to the open dump area by vehicles belonging to the municipal corporation. 

The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Govt. of India notified the new Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 in April, 2016 to tackle the Solid Waste Management problems persisting all over the country. Therefore, after a year, it's time to look around the city and understand where we are standing at present, on the basis of which a future road map can be drawn for the City of Joy.

With this backdrop, Toxics Link in collaboration with Birla Industrial & Technological Museum (BITM) is organizing a Public Lecture on "Swachh Kolkata - Are we really working toward it??"


Details of the Public Lecture

Date – 11th August, 2017 (Friday)

Time – 3 PM to 5 PM

Venue – BITM, 19A Gurusaday Road, Kolkata 700019 (near Ice Skating Rink)


The speakers will be from Pollution Control Board, Municipalities, and Environmental organizations.

We are cordially inviting you to attend this programme. If you are unable to participate, kindly nominate any representative (colleagues/students) from your organization.

There will be no registration or any kind of other charges for attending the programme.

To participate, kindly confirm your availability.

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