Sanitation entails ensuring a hygienic environment to eliminate diseases and health issues. But we find the Swachh Bharat Mission predominantly focused only on the construction of toilets. As a result, the complex problem of sanitation is reduced to the provision of household toilets, leading to the neglect of many crucial components such as the containment and treatment of human faeces, and the management of waste and waste water.
Sudipta Mohanty, Researcher - Urban Governance
CAG’s Zero Waste Team visited Thanal in Trivandrum team to understand how Thanal has been instrumental in helping the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation set up an effective zero waste management system in place. The visit introduced the team to the challenges and opportunities of working at a city scale.
The Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), India’s sanitation programme states that it aims to reduce health and sanitation vulnerabilities among the poor through access to toilets. However, we find that far from minimising vulnerabilities, the scheme seems to exploit their vulnerabilities to gain publicity and political support.
This is a series of basic FAQS to help debunk common misconceptions about waste management and clarify doubts that stop citizens from doing their bit in taking responsibility for their own waste. While there are many more aspects to waste management, these FAQs focus on (de)centralised system of waste management and composting.
Over the years, there is a growing awareness of the multiple problems caused by plastic pollution. It is unfortunate that the very factors of durability and resistance to degeneration that make plastics so useful are the very reasons why the management of its waste is so difficult.