WORKSHOP ON MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT at The Auditorium, Paribesh Bhawan, Kolkata on Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Organised by the West Bengal Pollution Control Board


With the rapid growth of population, there has been a substantial increase in the generation of solid waste resulting into the contamination of air, water and land resources. Human activities create waste, and it is the way these wastes are handled, stored, collected and disposed of that pose risks to the environment and to public health. Municipal solid wastes, commonly known as trash or garbage, are the solid wastes generated from different municipalities. Some of these wastes have been proved to be extremely toxic and infectious. The uncontrolled and unscientific dumping of such wastes have brought about a rising number of incidents of hazards to human health. More serious risk to human health is envisaged due to contamination of surface and ground water.

Realising the need for proper and scientific management of solid waste, the Municipal Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2000 were notified by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India [vide No.S.O.908 (B) dated the 25th September 2000]. The objective of these Rules was to make every municipal authority responsible for the implementation of the various provisions of the Rules within its territorial area and also to develop an effective infrastructure for collection, storage, segregation, transportation, processing and disposal of Municipal Solid Wastes (MSW). The indiscriminate dumping of municipal solid wastes in water bodies and low lying areas is a common practice followed by most of the municipalities with no consideration of its effect on the environment. Moreover, the lack of the basic information regarding generation, collection, transportation and disposal of solid waste is noted.

Across the country, many communities, organisations and individuals have found innovative ways to reduce and better manage MSW through a coordinated mix of practices. However, the most environmentally sound management of MSW is achieved when these approaches meets the norms laid down by the MSW Rules. Not much headway has been achieved by our municipalities in the implementation of the Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules. Thus there is a need to understand the implementation issues related to solid waste management with a view to provide eco-friendly, sustainable and community based solutions to waste management problems. With this objective in mind, the West Bengal Pollution Control Board would organise a one-day workshop on December 9, 2003, which would be attended by 150-odd participants from various sectors.

The Objectives

The Stakeholders

Programme Schedule

Session Time Programme
Forenoon Session 9-30 hrs. Registration
10-00 hrs. to 10-15 hrs. Presidential address by Shri Hirak Ghosh, Principal Secretary, Department of Environment, Govt. of W.B. and Chairman, W.B.P.C.B.
10-15 hrs. to 10-25 hrs. Address by Shri D. Mukhopadhyay, Secretary, Municipal Affairs Department, Govt. of W.B.
10-25 hrs. 10-40 hrs. Inaugural Address by the Minister in Charge, Department of Environment and Information Technology, Govt. of W.B.
10-40 hrs. to 10-50 hrs. Vote of thanks by Dr. S. K. Sarkar, Member Secretary, W.B.P.C.B.

Tea Break

Afternoon Session (1) 11-00 hrs. to 11-45 hrs. Technical Session 1 : Overall view of MSW Management plan and the present scenario in the Country – Dr. A. B. Akolkar, Addl. Director, CPCB
11-45 hrs. to 12-30 hrs. Technical Session 2 : Best practices adopted for segregation, collection, storage & transportation of MSW – Mr. P.U. Asnani, Consultant, USAEP
12-30 hrs. to 13-00 hrs. Technical Session 3 : MSW management at Bhadreswar Municipality – a case study – Chairman, Bhadreswar Municipality

Lunch/Tiffin Break

13-45 hrs. to 14-30 hrs. Technical Session 4 : Processing of MSW – Mr. Basaviah, M.D., Karnataka Compost Development Corporation.
14-30 hrs. to 15-15 hrs. Technical Session 5 : Engineered landfill of MSW – Mr. G. Reddy, Director, Ramky Enviro Engineers, Hyderabad.
15-15 hrs. to 16-00 hrs. Technical Session 6 : Present scenario of MSW management system prevailing in Chennai – Mr. T. Ramkumar, Director, Exnora, Chennai
16-00 hrs. to 16-15 hrs. Technical Session 7 : Organic composting and its application in different agricultural fields – Dr. P Das Biswas, KMI Bio-Tech, Kolkata

Tea Break

Afternoon Session (2) 16-30 hrs. to 17-15 hrs. Panel discussion – Mr. P. U. Asnani, Consultant, USAEP
          • Dr. A. B. Akolkar, Addl. Director, CPCB.

            Mr. Basaviah, M. D. KCDC.

            Mr. T. Ramkumar, Director, Exnora, Chennai

            Mr. G. Reddy, Director, Ramky Enviro Engineers

            Prof. Arunava Majumder, Head of the Deptt., Sanitary Engineering, AIIHPHE.

17-15 hrs. Vote of thanks – Dr. Dipak Chakraborty, Chief Scientist, WBPCB