India consumes an estimated 16.5 million tonnes, about 1.6 million truckfulls, of plastic annually, of this, 43% is plastic manufactured for single-use packaging material that will mostly find its way into garbage bins. In all, 80% of total plastic produced in India is discarded. At least 40% of the plastic waste generated every day-25,940 tonnes or about 2,594 truckloads, as per 2015 CPCB study for the year 2011-12--goes uncollected. Accurate data on plastic waste generation, collection and disposal are integral to how a country formulates its policy on waste management. India needs these figures even more since it has stated its resolve to phase out singleuse plastic at the 2019 United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) and banned the import of plastic waste into the country

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has been working on policy and advocacy for a sustainable plastic waste management. It recognizes the need to adopt resource-efficient waste management regimes, based on which it has conceptualized a 2-week online training programme on ‘Sustainable Plastic Waste Management . The objective of the programme is to provide a better understanding of the key aspects of plastic waste management in India and international case studies, legal aspect and alternatives to plastic. The course would help the participant to lead a plastic free life. Conscious purchase and consumption behavioral changes to strengthen and foster Circular Economy is the aim of the 19-hour training programme.

The mode of training would be online with a proper mix of interactive sessions with subject matter experts on plastic and sustainable plastic free living. The course provides a flexibility of on demand literature, virtual presentations and cases studies. Assessment exercises and group discussion on the modules is provided for self-assessment of the participants.


Waste management practitioners, officials from central and state urban departments and municipalities, urban and town planners, village panchayat officials and members, academicians, students, and NGO representatives.

For further details, please contact the Course Coordinator

Dinesh Raj Bandela
Deputy Programme Manager
Centre for Science and Environment
Mobile: 8800721020

Ishani Sonak
Research Associate,
Centre for Science and Environment,
Mobile: 9818884832