A Decentralised Approach towards Waste Management in Delhi
Garbage Management - If we do not stop seeking space for landfills, Delhi will have 25 Sq KM of Landfills by 2024.
We have many technology today to ensure to garbage dispose in most environmentally way.
Delhi generates 11000 MT of waste everyday. 60-70% of the waste is organic.
85% of the city doesn’t have door-to-door waste collection facility.
# Agencies involved in waste in Delhi
New Delhi Municipal Council
# Existing landfill sites
# Proposed sites:
Jaitpur (26 Acres)
Bawana (150 Acres)
There are centralized Waste to Energy plants and Composting plants in Delhi. The results of the working of these sites must be analyzed for the effectiveness of the initiatives.
The centralized approach of managing waste has failed so far in India. We have been fighting hard to get another place for landfill and it is going to be endless journey.
The shift shall be from centralized to Decentralized approach. We need to look the waste form the “Resource” perspective. That shall give us the solution.
Delhi has 2500 dhalao ghar (secondary collection centers) from where the trucks take the waste to the landfill.
All these dhalao ghar can be turned into waste reprocessing centers with the separate solution for decentralized management of waste. The key should be to convert the waste into something useful with economic value.
While thinking about organic waste (over 70% of total waste), we need to move beyond thinking about compost.
Waste management units are being installed near the source of production. Eliminating the need of transportation. This itself reduces the direct cost by over 60% from conventional methods.
These plants are taking the space equivalent to the Dhalaoghar and are managing the waste with “Resource” approach.
Delhi generates over 1000 MT of horticulture waste. This has long been and issue of being burnt openly. Now the new age social enterprises working in waste management domain have converted the same to clean cooking fuel. This has multiple benefits.
The kitchen waste has the potential to be converted to animal feed. The experiment is underway and provided a better alternative to making compost from kitchen/restaurant waste, which was not fining many buyers. While this is happening, composting still provides a better approach then landfilling.
Mandi waste can be converted to cattle feed to get the higher value products.
Bio-gas generation in decentralized plants has been getting new advance formats to be self sustainable.
Efforts are underway to convert plastic waste into RDF and other hydrocarbon products.
These experiments are a good mean to engage the rag pickers in mainstream jobs while generates huge jobs while keeping the cost highly optimized for civic bodies.
This needs a change in the mindset. We need to encourage the experiments in the waste management to keep getting the new solution in the limelight. If we don’t experiment we shall always be using old methods.
If we need to minimize the requirement of landfill sites and get the cost of management of waste in our cities, we need to get the “management” back to the waste management. Rather then just keep trucking the waste to the landfill sites.
Lets set up small-decentralized units for managing various kind of waste with a capacity of 1-2 MT of waste. In the pilot phase
Set up 50 units for managing horticulture waste to convert into clean cooking fuel and higher value organic manure
Convert 50 dhalao ghar to decentralized waste management centers to product farm feed.
Convert Okhla mandi into Zero Waste Mandi with decentralized solution for waste management.
Install 5 plastic waste management units.
Install 5 smart bio-gas systems at community cooking places with over 1 ton of food waste.
This will require a combined approach from all the civic agencies.
Pilot phase –18 months
Analysis of the results – continuous process
Scaling phase – 60 months post pilot.
Desired result:- Minimize dependence on landfill in Delhi.
Criteria of decentralization:- minimize use of motorized vehicle.
NDMC has already placed orders for a 70 tonne Waste to Energy Gasification plant through PPP route. NDMC has also commissioned 4 Decentralized Horticulture Waste Management units & one Food Waste Management unit. NDMC is also examining total Waste management on purely Power Purchase Agreement, with private players. more