Municipal solid waste (MSW) has become a major concern for countries such as India because of growing population, urbanisation, economic development, and ever-changing production and consumption habits. According to India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), cities produces about 56 million tonne (MT) of municipal solid waste every year, out of which 75-80 per cent gets collected, but only 22-28 per cent of this is processed and treated. The remaining is disposed of in landfills. 

About 55-65 per cent of the MSW in India is biodegradable in nature. Considering the quantum of this waste and the problems associated with its management, it is critical to promote decentralised waste management. The current system, which is mostly centralised, has had limited success. Policy reforms and promotion of decentralised technology is needed to ensure sustenance of the value chain to augment a sustainable market for city compost. 

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), which emphasises on the importance of adopting resource-efficient organic waste management practices at a decentralised level, is announcing an eight-day online training course on Decentralised Management of Segregated Organic Waste. The training aims to develop an understanding of the critical aspects of decentralised organic waste treatment technology options practiced at various levels, including household, neighbourhood, ward and zone, and the ways to assure the value chain to support a long-term compost market.

 Course Highlights
  • Current scenario of organic waste management in India
  • Major provisions for decentralised management of organic waste under the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016
  • Benefits of decentralised waste management and strategies to promote it
  • Decentralised organic waste treatment technology options practiced at various levels
  • Strategies to promote the market for city compost
  • Live sessions and demonstrations on composting by well-known waste management practitioners

Who can apply? 
Waste management practitioners, officials from Central and state urban departments and urban local bodies, urban and town planners, individuals, academicians, students, NGO representatives, environmental consultants, environmental engineers, academic institutions, and anyone is aspiring to work in the waste management sector. 

Mode of training
The online training course is self-paced; recorded video sessions from experts, presentations, and relevant reading material will be uploaded on CSE's online training platform for the benefit of the participants. Additionally, three live online sessions will be organised with sector specialists for in-depth discussion and answering queries from learners. Assessment exercises and group discussions on the modules will be provided for the evaluation and engagement of the participants. The course is designed to help the participants attend it alongside their regular work and study the course material at their convenience.  

Course Coordinator:

Subhasish Parida
Programme manager
Solid Waste Management unit, CSE
Mobile: +91 7873222285