CII’s Waste to Worth Conference Begins: Winners of 3R Awards Announced

With the theme of ‘Moving towards a Circular Economy through innovative 3R approaches’, the CII’s digital Conference on Waste to Worth was inaugurated on Tuesday morning by Prof Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India and H.E. Mr. Adam Burakowski, the Ambassador of Poland to India.

In his inaugural address, Prof Raghavan said, “We have created a massive problem for ourselves because we have viewed the specific steps we want to take as siloed components rather than as part of a composite system, Planet Earth. Today, multiple factors are contributing to global pollution and climate change. To arrest the damage to the environment, we need to address the matter in a comprehensive way. Localized solutions are available to address these issues and local units, be it cities or housing societies, must be empowered to take control of their lives.”

His Excellency Professor Adam Burakowski, The Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to India during his address stated that tackling climate change is a global commitment that Poland takes very seriously. “This is why we decided to be a partner of Waste to Worth conference and exhibition with a number of Polish companies ready to share their experience and to discuss solutions with Indian partners,” said Mr Burakowski. 

The winners and recipients of Award of Merit of the much-awaited CII 3R Awards 2021 were also announced during the session. Here’s the complete list:

  • Excellence in Managing MSW: Geocycle; Award of Merit: Antony Lara & ITC Kolkata
  • Excellence in Managing Plastics and Packaging Wastes by EPR Strategies: Godrej & Boyce (PIBO)
  • Excellence in Managing Plastics and Packaging Wastes by EPR Strategies: RECYKAL (PRO)
  • Excellence in Managing Plastics and Packaging Wastes by EPR Strategies: Ramky Reclamation & Recycling Ltd (Recyclers); Award of Merit: NEPRA and The Shakti Plastics Industries (PROs)
  • Excellence in Managing E-waste by EPR Strategies: Winner 1: Exigo Recycling;  Winner 2: Cerebra Green
  • Excellence in Innovative Solutions by Start-ups: Winner 1: Ishitiva Robotics and Genrobotics; Winner 2: Rekart Innovations and The Kabadiwala. The category is supported by Blue Planet Environmental Solutions.
  • Excellence in 3R by Industry (Managing Own Waste) with Manufacturing as sub-category: Tata Steel.
  • Excellence in Developing Product Generating Minimum/ Zero Waste: Greenwaves Environmental Solutions.
  • Excellence in Managing MSW by Municipal Corporation/ ULBs: Winner 1 – Municipal Corporation of Durg; Winner 2 – Municipal Corporation of Risali; Winner 3 – Municipal Corporation of Rajnandgaon & Municipal Corporation of Silvassa

This year, CII received a 101 applications including 77 from industry and start-ups and 24 municipal corporations. Of these, sixteen companies and four Municipal Corporations (MCs) were recognised as winners of the CII 3R Awards 2021. The Awards are designed to recognise the efforts of companies, start-ups and MCs which have set benchmarks in five areas: 

1) Managing waste generated by the industry due to their own activities, 

2) Creating technologies or products to ensure minimal or zero waste,

3) Managing municipal solid waste,

4) Managing plastic, packaging and e-waste by EPR strategies, and

5) Offering innovation solutions to manage waste. 

Mr. Jitesh Dadlani, Founder and CTO, Ishitva Robotic Systems, which won an Award under the category of Excellence in Innovative Solutions by Start-ups said, “We are happy to be recognized at this forum and now industry players also recognize that automation is no more an alternative for waste management sector, it has become a necessity. Our proprietary solutions working towards the same vision of Swachh Bharat 2.0 to revolutionize the resource supply by bringing back the material from waste.”

To access the Compendium on Winners of CII 3R Awards, please visit the Waste to Worth Platform’s Library section.

In addition to these winners, letters of appreciation were given to the following:

The CII’s virtual Waste to Worth Conference will continue for two days, November 16 and 17, followed by a 20-day virtual exhibition. You can register for free here 

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