With the advent of globalization and rapid urbanization, India has proved itself to be a massive power rising globally. However, with the increase in consumption across all spheres of life has lead to an increase in the waste generated over the years. Waste management in India, however, has been an ignored sector and has in fact created a lot of societal and ecological damage. Urban India produces around 60 million metric tonnes of solid waste every year. Unfortunately, most of this waste is just dumped in landfills and dumpsites. Recycling in India is a very sorry state of affairs with just about 1.5 percent of e-waste being sent for recycling. Hence much emphasis needs to be laid on the process of collection, segregation, and recycling of waste.
One of the best waste management courses in India is provided by the Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute. The program pays special attention to the need to segregate, recycle, and reuse waste. It also provides a 5-day advanced training program called “Integrated Waste Management”. The program aims to throw light on the different types of waste present in the form of solid, plastic, medical, construction, e-waste, and its effect on stakeholders.
Even though much emphasis has been put on the theoretical and conceptual elements of waste management the actual need of the hour is to concentrate on training skills. Unfortunately, most courses and training programs face the problem wherein the application of skills learned and actual real-life scenarios provided a vast difference. The Centre for Science and Environment has been playing an active role when it came to matters of waste management policies and frameworks related to it. It has focused its gaze on waste management across national and international platforms and in 2016 it launched an initiative called “Not In My Backyard” which gave a detailed report regarding the status of waste management within the country.
The course would mainly deal with the status of waste management in India and comparing it to historical records and other countries. It also deals closely with the newly implemented Waste Management Rules which were introduced in 2016, their provisions, and implementation. A major aspect is to raise awareness amongst the general public and aligning the responsibilities to each and every stakeholder so that each can contribute to change in their own way. Its focus on industries is to improve inventory management and producer responsibility towards waste and its treatment. A major spotlight is also being laid on the need of the hour- decentralized waste management. The course entails facets that would help to communicate and educate about the need for proper waste management using information and technology mediums. It also organizes site visits so that the students can get a better picture of reality.
Waste management is the thin line between a well-developed nation and an overflowing industrial shanty, providing clean living spaces is the responsibility of every government and it is a very basic human right that has unfortunately been ignored in the rise of capitalism that has taken over the world by a storm.