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Energy from solid waste, says Naidu

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The News Bureau, Feb 4

Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu has urged the corporate, industrial and trade bodies to ensure cleanliness and waste management in urban areas. He addressed the ‘Waste to Energy’ conference organized by the ASSOCHAM on Tuesday.

Naidu has called for concerted efforts to recycle urban solid waste and sewage for converting them into energy, fuel, fertilizers and irrigation water. He stressed on &lsq

o;reduction, recycling and reuse’ of solid waste and sewage.

Cost effective

His ministry had been identifying domestic and foreign companies, who could provide cost effective solutions for solid waste and sewage management through reduction, recycling and reuse.

The minister has underlined that these two issues have been accorded priority under Swach Bharat Mission, Smart Cities, Infrastructure development in 500 citites, Heritage City Development.

Naidu informed that 1,33,000 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste is being generated daily in class I and II cities out of which 32 % is being littered. Of the total waste being collected, 72 % (6,55,000 metric tonnes) is being landfilled.

440 MW power

He said that through proper collection and reuse and recycling of solid waste, 440 MW of power can be generated yearly and consumption of chemical fertilizers can be reduced by 30% by using compost made o

out of solid waste from urban areas.

Further elaborating on the ‘cash value of trash’ the minister said that refused derived fuel is another potential solution for treatment of solid waste which is comparable to coal in terms of costs and calorific value.

Stating that 38,500 million litres of sewage is being generated daily, Naidu said that effective recycling of it would help in irrigating about one to three lakh hectares depending on the crop. He expressed concern over discharge of about 61% of sewage without being treated.

Welcoming Assocham organizing seminars and conferences on urban challenges, he urged them to ‘walk the talk’ by partnering in Swach Bharat Mission, Municipal Waste Management, Housing for All and urban infrastructure development.

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