GOVERNMENT OF INDIA, MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE
RAJYA SABHA, QUESTION NO.360, ANSWERED ON: 06.02.2017
Data on recyclable waste in metro cities
Dr. Kanwar Deep Singh
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state :-
(a) whether it is a fact that data regarding recyclable waste generated in metro cities is not available;
(b) if so, the reasons therefor;
(c) in the absence of this data how an effective waste management planning is possible; and
(d) the details of steps being taken in this regard?
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE
(SHRI ANIL MADHAV DAVE)
(a) &(b): As per the information of Central Pollution Control Board, majority of local bodies in the country have not mandated segregation at source. Requisite infrastructure also does not exist in most of the cities to collect and segregate the waste. Hence, the data regarding recyclable waste generated in metro cities is not readily available.
(c) & (d): The Waste Management Rules, 2016 notified by the Ministry under Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 mandate the generators of waste to segregate waste at source. The State Governments/ Union Territory Administrations are responsible for ensuring implementation of the Rules by the local bodies. The States/ Union Territories have been advised to ensure implementation of the Rules.