05 Apr 2018 - 06 Apr 2018
Le Meridien, New Delhi
- Management of municipal smart waste (MSW) in a scientific manner is one of the biggest issues faced by urban India. For decades, the provision of services for managing and handling smart waste has been neglected. The challenge of delivering MSW services is growing rapidly with the continuous expansion of city limits and migration from rural/semi-rural areas. With this, there has been a significant change in the quantity and quality of waste.
- Current waste management practices, despite some promising initiatives, are far from satisfactory. Barring a few large urban areas such as Ahmedabad, Surat, Pune, Hyderabad and Mumbai, smart waste management infrastructure in most cities is characterised by the absence of door-to-door collection, inadequate transportation infrastructure, dumping of waste at unapproved sites, unscientific disposal of waste, and inadequate treatment capacity.
- The situation is slowly changing with increased interest from the government and the private sector in efficient and smart waste management. Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in the use of information technology (IT) for various aspects of waste management including collection, transportation, treatment, disposal, asset mapping, network management and customer service. This has primarily been driven by the need for efficiencies in operations, loss reduction and improvement in customer satisfaction.
- Some of the popular IT systems/solutions being deployed by urban local bodies (ULBs) include RFID-based smart bins, GPS-based tracking systems and management information systems for control and monitoring. ULBs in Amritsar, Surat, Pune, Chennai, Navi Mumbai and Chennai have been particularly active in deploying smart waste technologies.
- Further, utilities are deploying advanced systems such as smart landfill solutions, mobile applications and internet of things (IoT)-based waste management systems. Scientific disposal of waste is slowly catching attention. Waste-to-energy initiatives are gaining traction. Also, there is a renewed focus on the recovery and recycle of waste. Schemes like the Swachh Bharat Mission, the Smart Cities Mission and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation have also laid special emphasis on improving waste management practices.
- That said, the investment requirement is huge and the sector presents sizeable opportunities. The private sector is expected to play a larger role in the creation of smart waste management infrastructure. Inherent challenges such as the absence of data, inefficiencies in user charges and poor financial health of ULBs will also need proactive attention.
- The mission of this conference is to examine the state of the MSW sector in India, highlight new smart waste management initiatives and projects, and discuss new opportunities and key challenges. The conference will also showcase noteworthy projects and promising technologies.Target Audience: The conference is targeted at officials and managers from:
- ULBs/Municipalities Waste storage and handling companies Technology providers State infrastructure development corporations Waste management companies Certification and inspection companies Financial institutions Environment consulting and solutions firms Waste collection companies Policymakers and regulators Facility management companies Pollution control boards (central and state)
- Waste sorting, recycling and service companies Equipment manufacturers Relevant government agencies Research and development organisations Waste transportation companies Public health departments Consulting organisations Etc.
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