According to the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, urban India generates 0.13 Million tonne of solid waste every day. Most of this is managed unscientifically and ends up in landfills. Regulators and lawmakers have recognised this menace, and under the umbrella law of Environment Protection Act, 1986 (EPA), a number of subordinate legislations have been enacted for regulating the manner of collection and disposal of various kinds of solid waste.

In 2016, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change introduced the new Solid Waste Management Rules (SWM), amending a version that had come in 2000. These Rules are based on the principles of “sustainable development”, “precaution” and “polluter pays”. These principles mandate municipalities and commercial establishments to act in an environmentally accountable and responsible manner.

Specific forms of waste are the subject matter of separate Rules and require separate compliances. But in spite of such a plethora of policies and laws, their implementation continues to face severe challenges. A holistic understanding of the Rules and how they can be enforced in a concerted manner for better waste management is the need of the hour.

The School of Circular Economy under the Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI) in the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) invites you to join a 14-day online training course on understanding India’s Waste Management Rules, 2016.


  • Insights into the history and evolution of the Rules
  • In-depth understanding of the Rules
  • Scope and limitations of the different waste rules
  • Understanding the impacts of violation and non-compliance 
  • Role and responsibilities of different stakeholders
  • On-ground implementation strategies for the Rules


  • State government officials, urban local body representatives, urban/ town planners
  • Waste management professionals and practitioners l NGO representatives
  • Researchers and academics
  • Students and beginners aspiring to work in waste management
  • Citizens, residents of housing societies
  • Regulated market committee representatives

Course Coordinator

Shailshree Tewari
Programme Officer
Solid Waste Management Unit, CSE
Mobile – 8800371929