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An analysis of Unilever’s plastic reduction commitments - game changer or myth?

Mon, 13/01/2020 - 19:09

Under fire from the media and citizens on business contribution towards the plastic pollution crisis, companies are increasingly pushing out plastic reduction goals, targets and schemes in an effort to clean up their image. This blog examines the impact of Unilever’s plastic reduction commitment.

Need for a global treaty on plastics

Wed, 23/10/2019 - 12:22

A global treaty on plastics is the need of the hour if we are to tackle the seemingly insurmountable problem of plastic pollution in an efficient and holistic manner that deals with the problem at its roots. This article by Apoorva Ramaswamy establishes the urgency of establishing a convention at the global level, in lieu of the limitations within national/city level efforts and current international legal solutions to the plastic problem.  

Waste Audit at an Educational Institution in Chennai

Mon, 10/06/2019 - 15:01
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The management and faculty at Dr.P.Venkataramana Higher Secondary School, Pughs Road were interested in managing their waste better. CAG researchers undertake a waste and brand audit, and the results showed practical ways to manage their organic waste in situ and reduce all inorganic waste.

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Transitioning a low income community to community waste management

Mon, 10/06/2019 - 12:35
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As part of its Zero Waste Cities effort, CAG is working to establish a zero waste system that is decentralised, waste is collected in a segregated manner at the doorstep, and managed within the community. This report presents the research objectives, initial challenges, and how the team navigated these.

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Toxicity in Physical Environment in Kodungaiyur

Mon, 10/06/2019 - 12:22
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This report talks about the toxic chemicals in the form of heavy metals and volatile organic compounds which have been found in Kodungaiyur through sampling tests and the negative impacts of the same. 

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Solid Waste Management Bye-laws for Chennai: A Quick Appraisal

Mon, 08/04/2019 - 14:32

The Solid Waste Management Rules came into force in 2016, but it was only in 2018 that Chennai Corporation drafted the bye-laws. The bye-laws in its present form falls short of a clean sweep due to some patent issues at its core. However, if due measures are taken to rectify the inadequacies, and make the process participatory, it could be an opportunity to wipe the slate clean.