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How to Make Source Segregation Happen on Ground (in India)?

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For effective waste treatment and resource recovery, “Source Segregation” of the waste materials is the key; this is a well-accepted concept as of date throughout the world; in India as well, there is a growing realization that segregation of waste is very important for any effective waste treatment. The waste management rules of India also stress the segregation of waste in the form of wet waste and dry waste (also household hazardous waste) and are mandated now in the development of any waste management infrastructure in the country. There are quite a few success stories from different wards of a city or even from an entire town/city where the source segregation is being practised in the country now. But for many parts of the country, we are still struggling to have a robust, working waste source segregation at the generation point also in terms of the collection of the waste in segregated form.

In this webinar, stakeholders from different sectors involved in the development of waste management infrastructure, especially from the urban sector, will come together and discuss the various issues associated with the topic of How to develop an effective, working and sustaining source segregated waste collection and treatment systems. The member of the panel will share their personal experience on what they found working on the grounds based on different projects they were involved with over the last several years. One of the goals of this webinar is to try to identify what works and what does not in the Indian context? How to leverage experience from one city/town to the benefit of other urban centres. How can academia play a role in this? Among other topics with a goal of the transition to a circular economy framework for this sector.

Specifically, the webinar will focus on:
1. How are we doing in terms of waste source segregation in India?
2. What help do the urban local bodies need to manage it better?
3. How academia and other stakeholders/agencies can help the cause of better
development of source segregation infrastructure and operations for effective waste
management in terms of resource recovery and incorporations of circular economy?

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Swati Singh Sambyal, Waste Management Specialist @UN-Habitat India

Swati Singh Sambyal is a renowned researcher on Solid Waste Management. Swati has worked in India as well as across Global South on development issues concerning waste management. Swati has done city-scale implementation projects in India on decentralised waste management in the states of Bihar (Muzaffarpur) and Himachal Pradesh. She has also worked in Zanzibar in Tanzania, eSwatini (Mbabane and Matsapha), Ethiopia, Ghana and Namibia in bringing policy and implementation reforms and pushing for an integrated waste management approach by adopting circular solutions. She is presently associated as a Waste Management Specialist with UNHABITAT Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (ROAP). She has worked as the head of a programme on Municipal Solid Waste at New Delhi-based environment policy and advocacy organisation, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), for over 9 years. She has been a part of national and international advisory boards on solid waste management.

Vidya Bhooshan Singh, Project Officer @Informal Sector for Plastic Waste Recycling Management

Vidya Bhooshan Singh has been working in the development sector for more than 10+ years in different thematic areas like Plastic Waste Management, SLWM, Water and Sanitation, Agriculture & Livelihood, and Environment, with different capacities in various states like Uttarakhand, UP, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Rajasthan in India. He has worked with UNDP, TataTrusts, UNICEF, and the Centre for Environment Education (CEE-North). He has also worked on several publications and case studies, including a technical manual for WASH in schools published by UNICEF-UP for Govt. of UP, India.

Vijai Singhal, Former Chief Environmental Engineer @Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board

Vijai Singhal has worked in Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board since 1984 in various capacities. He has more than 37 years of experience in industrial pollution control, solid waste management, environmental governance, groundwater modelling, and environmental management sectors. During his long career, he has worked with a large spectrum of industries ranging from textile, cement, distilleries, breweries, stone crusher, and tyre pyrolysis and has studied their pollution control system in detail and has contributed to the improvement of the existing pollution control technologies. He has also worked extensively in the field of solid waste management and has extensive inter-departmental engagement.


Brajesh Dubey, Associate Professor – Environmental Engineering and Management @Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur

Dr Dubey received PhD in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA. He has received BTech (Hons) in Civil Engineering from IIT-Kharagpur, India. Dr Dubey has over 16 years (post PhD) of research, teaching, and consulting experience within the broad fields of environmental, sustainable/resilient engineering, and circular economy approaches, addressing the nexus among sustainability, resiliency, infrastructure, and waste, energy, and the environment. Dr Dubey is the author of more than 250 publications which include 115 journal papers, 4 edited books/conference proceedings, 25 book chapters, and 27 full conference papers (with an h-index of 39. and an I10-index of 81 with over 4,700 citations). Dr Dubey has given more than 50 invited presentations in various countries in the world, including Canada, the USA, China, Germany, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the U.K.)

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