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India intends to explore partnership with Germany for biofuels

India intends to explore partnership with Germany for biofuels

The Indian Biogas Association (IBA) has announced that India intends to partner with Germany in order to promote biofuel technologies. The plan includes to explore German experience in processing feedstocks such as rice straw and…

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Update on development of India’s NBP

Update on development of India’s NBP

An update has been shared on the progress of Indian biogas plants that were developed under the National Bioenergy Programme (NBP). To date, six bio-CNG plants and another 11,143 small AD plants have been commissioned…

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Karnataka to implement strict e-waste policy

Karnataka to implement strict e-waste policy

To ensure that electronic waste is managed in an organized way, the Karnataka state government is working on a strict separate policy. The new policy is supposed to be implemented as soon as possible, as…

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MNRE defines target of 15,205 new biogas plants

MNRE defines target of 15,205 new biogas plants

The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has published a strategic plan including the construction of 15,205 small-scale biogas plants. This target is defined within phase II of the National Bioenergy Program. The…

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Delhi announces slew of SWM measures

Delhi announces slew of SWM measures

Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar has directed Delhi’s urban local bodies to shut down all dhalaos in the city and replace them with material recovery facilities (MRFs) by December 2024 to ensure proper waste segregation. The…

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Delhi budget: Rs 850 cr for landfill clearance

Delhi budget: Rs 850 cr for landfill clearance

In its Budget announcement, the Delhi government has committed to leveling the city’s three garbage mountains within two years and will loan the civic body ₹850 crore to speed up the process, according to state…

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MoEFCC shares plastic waste related data in LS

MoEFCC shares plastic waste related data in LS

Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Mr Ashwini Kumar Choubey in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha has shared details of plastic waste generated in the country during the…

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“Enhanced focus on scientific management of dry and wet waste,” says FM

“Enhanced focus on scientific management of dry and wet waste,” says FM

“Enhanced focus will be provided for scientific management of dry and wet waste,” said Finance Minister Ms Nirmala Sitharaman, while announcing a 150-per cent hike in the outlay of the Swacch Bharat Mission, with an…

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Budget 2023: 200 new plants to increase the use of CBG as an automotive fuel

Budget 2023: 200 new plants to increase the use of CBG as an automotive fuel

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, presenting Union Budget 2023-24 in Parliament, has announced that 500 new ‘waste to wealth’ plants under the GOBARDHAN scheme will be established. Of these plants, 200 will be compressed biogas (CBG) plants,…

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UP tightens SWM Rule implementation in towns

UP tightens SWM Rule implementation in towns

From February 1 to March 31, all urban local bodies in Uttar Pradesh have been asked to work on the 3Ps strategy – pray, persuade, penalize – to enforce doorstep segregation of dry and wet…

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BSWML floats tender for waste collection and transportation

BSWML floats tender for waste collection and transportation

The Bengaluru Solid Waste Management Limited (BSWML) issued short-term tenders for waste collection and transportation from the city’s 243 wards, which have 42 lakh households and commercial buildings. BSWML floated the tender for the second…

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Chennai MC shares big plans for SWM in city

Chennai MC shares big plans for SWM in city

The Greater Chennai Corporation intends to boost its current bio-CNG processing capacity of 200 tpd to 1,700 tpd. Speaking at the Tamil Nadu Climate Summit 2022 on achieving the state’s goal of emission reduction through…

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NGT fines Nagaland for poor SWM

NGT fines Nagaland for poor SWM

The National Green Tribunal has fined Nagaland ₹200 crores in environmental compensation for allegedly failing to manage solid and liquid waste. “We levy a compensation of ₹200 crores on the State on the polluter pays…

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MNRE notifies National Bioenergy Programme. Budget: Rs 858 crores

MNRE notifies National Bioenergy Programme. Budget: Rs 858 crores

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India has notified the National Bioenergy Programme on November 2, 2022. MNRE has continued the National Bioenergy Programme for the period from FY 2021-22 to 2025-26. The Programme has been recommended…

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Government suggests penalising power plants

Government suggests penalising power plants

The Government of India has suggested that the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) introduce a penalty system for thermal power plants not complying with the current biomass co-firing guidelines. In a recent review meeting…

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IBA receives biogas investment commitments

IBA receives biogas investment commitments

The Indian Biogas Association (IBA) has announced to have received investment commitments for biogas plants worth a total of INR 14 billion (EUR 172.41 million) during the event Renewable Energy India Expo 2022. About 60…

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MoHUA: Interventions to promote waste segregation at source

MoHUA: Interventions to promote waste segregation at source

As part of its Azadi@75 Swacch Survekshan Toolkit, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has reiterated a few interventions which the ULBs can implement to promote waste segregation at the source. These include:…

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UP govt approves new bio-energy policy

UP govt approves new bio-energy policy

The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet has approved a bio-energy policy in an effort to draw large investments and boost the state’s agricultural income. The goal of the policy is to encourage and support the state’s production…

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4,000 towns will receive new bins

4,000 towns will receive new bins

On June 5, World Environment Day, 4,000 towns will receive new bins for segregated waste, according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is renewing his push for Swachh Bharat. For liquid and dry waste, there…

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It’s UP’s turn to pay for environmental violations, courtesy NGT

It’s UP’s turn to pay for environmental violations, courtesy NGT

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered the Uttar Pradesh government to pay a Rs 120 crore fine for environmental violations in Gorakhpur district, including improper solid waste management and sewage discharge into rivers. The…

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New Battery Waste Management Rules 2022 notified

New Battery Waste Management Rules 2022 notified

India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has published the Battery Waste Management Rules, 2022 to ensure environmentally sound management of waste batteries. The new rules will replace the Batteries (Management and Handling) Rules,…

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Lok Sabha approves renewable bill

Lok Sabha approves renewable bill

The Indian Parliament Lok Sabha has passed a bill called Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill to promote the development of renewable energy and fuels, including biomass. Amongst others, it introduces penalties for industrial companies failing to…

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J&K High Court asks state govt for SWM vision plan

J&K High Court asks state govt for SWM vision plan

The High Court of J&K and Ladakh has asked the state government to create a “vision plan” for the elimination of solid waste in Jammu and Kashmir and information on the resources employed for waste…

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Centre to announce ‘Right to Repair’ framework

Centre to announce ‘Right to Repair’ framework

In a bid to emphasize on its LiFE (Lifestyle for the Environment) movement through sustainable consumption, the Department of Consumer Affairs has taken a significant step for developing an overall framework for the Right to…

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Action against TN panchayat officials for violating SWM Rules

Action against TN panchayat officials for violating SWM Rules

The National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) southern bench has directed the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) to take action against erring Kattankolathur panchayat officials for violating the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, including imposing environmental…

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Amul asks PM to delay plastic straw ban starting July 1

Amul asks PM to delay plastic straw ban starting July 1

Amul has written to the government asking it to postpone a proposed ban on small plastic straws, claiming that the decision will have a “negative impact” on farmers and milk consumption in India. Amul made…

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Kerala to support local bodies in SWM

Kerala to support local bodies in SWM

The Kerala government has begun supporting local bodies in finding scientific waste management solutions in an effort to rid the state’s metropolitan areas of solid garbage. Grants, scientific waste data collection, technical support, and project…

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MoHUA launches Swachh Survekshan 2023 with the theme of ‘Waste to Wealth’ for Garbage Free Cities

MoHUA launches Swachh Survekshan 2023 with the theme of ‘Waste to Wealth’ for Garbage Free Cities

MoHUA has launched the eighth edition of Swachh Survekshan (SS) – SS 2023 under Swachh Bharat Mission Urban 2.0. Designed with the theme of ‘Waste to Wealth’ as its driving philosophy, SS 2023 is curated…

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Tamil Nadu to get a new waste management corporation?

Tamil Nadu to get a new waste management corporation?

The Tamil Nadu government plans to establish a separate solid waste management corporation, similar to the agency in Goa. Mr Siva V Meyyanathan, the state minister for climate change and environment said that this agency…

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India and Brazil team up on bioenergy

India and Brazil team up on bioenergy

India and Brazil have agreed to develop an Indian-Brazilian Alliance for Bioenergy and Biofuels to enhance the partnership between the two countries. The partnership highlights the importance of bilateral cooperation in the energy sector and…

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Rs 403.77 cr for legacy waste clearance in Gujarat

Rs 403.77 cr for legacy waste clearance in Gujarat

The Centre has approved Rs 403.77 crores for legacy waste clearance in Gujarat. To retrieve prime land in Gujarat from hazardous landfills, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has approved the central share…

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Gurgaon: Bulk waste generators ordered to install SWM processing facilities

Gurgaon: Bulk waste generators ordered to install SWM processing facilities

The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has ordered 194 bulk waste generators (BWGs) in the city, including hotels, restaurants, banquet halls, and other commercial establishments, to construct waste processing facilities in their units in order…

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Bhubaneswar civic body announces sharp increase in allocations for SWM in budget

Bhubaneswar civic body announces sharp increase in allocations for SWM in budget

The Bhubaneshwar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed a budget of Rs 600 crore, with Rs 110 crore budgeted for waste management, which is more than a two-field increase in five years. The BMC has set…

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Centre launches awareness mascot ‘Prakriti’ & other green initiatives for plastic waste management

Centre launches awareness mascot ‘Prakriti’ & other green initiatives for plastic waste management

The Union Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Mr Bhupender Yadav has launched ‘Prakriti’, a mascot to spread public awareness on sustainable living and highlight various green initiatives taken by the Ministry of Environment,…

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Karnataka to build 50 SWM facilities in different villages

Karnataka to build 50 SWM facilities in different villages

Karnataka’s Minister of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Mr K S Eshwarappa has said that the government planned to build 50 solid waste management facilities this year to dispose of and process dry trash collected…

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‘Lakshya Zero Dumpsite’ for Telangana & Maharashtra

‘Lakshya Zero Dumpsite’ for Telangana & Maharashtra

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has approved a proposal worth Rs 178.6 crore for legacy waste remediation in Telangana and Rs 433.72 crores for Maharashtra. The total project approval for Telangana is worth Rs 178.6…

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Salt Lake City launches efforts to improve SWM

Salt Lake City launches efforts to improve SWM

The Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA), which is the key agency responsible for the Sector V township, has announced several initiatives for improving waste management in Salt Lake City. This includes mapping of wet and…

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Nitin Gadkari pushes for use of waste rubber and plastic in road construction

Nitin Gadkari pushes for use of waste rubber and plastic in road construction

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has said road construction costs must be reduced without compromising on quality. Addressing the 17th Annual Conference on ‘Road Development in India’ organised by Indian Infrastructure, he…

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Mumbai unveils ambitious SWM strategy in Climate Action Plan

Mumbai unveils ambitious SWM strategy in Climate Action Plan

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has released the new Mumbai Climate Action Plan (MCAP) towards the goal of building a climate-resilient city. MCAP is a policy document to adopt an evidence-based planning approach and mobilize resources to…

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Govt approves plan to clear legacy waste sites in 3 states

Govt approves plan to clear legacy waste sites in 3 states

The Centre has approved the action plans of three states – Rajasthan, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh – as well as Chandigarh for the remediation of legacy municipal trash at dump yards in 171 municipal areas…

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MoEFCC issues guidelines for Extended Producer Responsibility

MoEFCC issues guidelines for Extended Producer Responsibility

India’s Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has notified the Guidelines on Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) on plastic packaging under Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016. The Guidelines provide a framework to strengthen…

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NGT fines Tambaram civic body for illegal waste dumping

NGT fines Tambaram civic body for illegal waste dumping

Tambaram Corporation has been ordered by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) to pay a compensation of Rs. 21 lakh for breaching the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) ruling on proper solid waste disposal in…

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Mumbai to spend 250% more on SWM this year

Mumbai to spend 250% more on SWM this year

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has announced an increase of 250 percent in its expenditure on solid waste management, as part of its ambitious ‘SWM vision 2030’ campaign. The campaign aims to create a favourable…

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Cities prepare for Swacch Survekshan 2022

Cities prepare for Swacch Survekshan 2022

S22 timelines were recently extended by the Central government due to the pandemic situation. As per guidelines, documentation under SS22 was to be earlier done by January 15, but the deadline has now been extended…

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Chandigarh: Pollution Committee starts online services for ease of business

Chandigarh: Pollution Committee starts online services for ease of business

In order to facilitate ease of doing business and reducing regulatory compliance burden for waste businesses, the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC) has launched an online facility for companies to share their annual return of…

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FSSAI issues draft guidelines for use of recycled plastic in food packaging

FSSAI issues draft guidelines for use of recycled plastic in food packaging

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued draft guidelines for the use of recycled plastics as food packaging. The Draft Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Amendment Regulations 2022 pertain to the…

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MoEFCC issues draft notification for EPR of waste tyres

MoEFCC issues draft notification for EPR of waste tyres

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEF&CC) has issued draft regulations on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for waste tyres. Released on December 31, 2021, the EPR Rules require registration of producers and recyclers…

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Niti Aayog releases policy guidelines to promote behavior change towards waste segregation

Niti Aayog releases policy guidelines to promote behavior change towards waste segregation

The Niti Aayog has released policy guidelines to help promote behaviour change among stakeholders towards waste segregation at source (WSS). Titled Promoting Behavior Change for Supporting Waste Segregation at Source, these guidelines are intended for…

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Punjab to renegotiate FiTs

Punjab to renegotiate FiTs

The Government of Punjab has unanimously passed a bill to renegotiate FiTs under Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in place between the public utility Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) and renewable energy generators. Reportedly, the…

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“PPPs vital for investment and technology efficiency for waste management”

“PPPs vital for investment and technology efficiency for waste management”

Union Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs Mr Hardeep Singh Puri has said that public-private partnerships will be vital for financing, low-cost technologies, new business models and innovative monitoring mechanism to meet the growing demand…