Last Friday, I had a discussion with HE Mr Sanjay Wadvani, British Deputy High Commissioner of Kolkata in Hidco Bhavan and mentioned that Zero Waste is a goal that we would like to focus on.
I quote from a concept paper of UNRCD presented recently in India at the end.
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Here s a clipping from today's Times of India:
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The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), or Rio+20 Conference, highlighted sustainable cities as one of the priority areas. Together with growing urbanization, waste management is becoming a major and growing public health and environmental concern in urban areas of many developing countries. With the diversification of waste streams worldwide as well as the growing presence of e‐waste, chemicals, hazardous and toxic elements in the general waste stream, the complexity and daunting nature of waste management challenges have gone beyond the capacity of many municipalities – in terms of finance, technology, and institutional mandate, resulting in unprecedented impact on quality of life, human health, freshwater resources and wetlands, local environment and ecosystem, including costal and marine ecosystem. Open dumping, open burning and over reliance on land‐filling is still predominant in many parts across the world and Asia, without much efforts towards prevention and minimization of wastes at first hand. At the same time, absence of effective policies and programs at city and local level and lack of required infrastructures (for collection, storage, handling/processing, treatment, recycling, waste to energy, etc.) have made most of the Asian cities beyond livable.