Managing the waste and keeping the environment clean on all fronts is the need of the hour, said the experts who attended a seminar organised at National Law University (NLU), Delhi on the occasion of World Environment Day, celebrated globally on June 5.
During the seminar, experts from various organisations and NGOs shared their views on the subject following a question-answer session.
Ravi Tandon, founder of cleanliness NGO Parmarthi shared his experience, explaining about his journey in Dwarka how his team worked collectively to maintain the roads and footpaths of the sub-city clean and well-maintained.
Besides, Colonel (Retired) Sanjay Sehgal from Smartphone NGO shared how Delhi-NCR is becoming worse with the time as far as waste management is concerned. He added saying that except the areas which come under New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), the entire Delhi is stinking.
Sehgal further stressed on the rampant activity of dumping heaps of garbage which tends to create landfills in Gurgaon, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, and Faridabad.
"63 TPA (Trillion Per Annum) waste is generated in India out of which only 42 TPA gets collected and 11 TPA is treated," he highlighted.
Stating that each individual's role is important in managing waste, Sehgal made people present in the seminar aware of the fact that waste segregation is mandatory for any settlement or society more than 5000 sqm.
"Gated community could play a significant role in making the system success for managing the waste if they do proper segregation at the source level," he added.
Experts also talked about the poor management of electronic waste and its serious hazardous effect on the environment and human health. They further emphasised that the community and authority together could make it possible to make a perfectly managed system for waste. They asked the gathering to think upon the subject deeply and take proper initiatives.