Maharashtra: The top waste generating state in India for the third time
MUMBAI (Scrap Register): Maharashtra occupied the top position in the list of municipal solid waste generators in the country for the third time. Maharashtra generates 82.38 lakh metric ton of waste per year or 22,570 metric ton waste in a day.
Uttar Pradesh is the second largest waste generator at 61.3 lakh metric ton and it is followed by Tamil Nadu at 56 lakh metric ton.
According to the Central Pollution Control Borad, Maharashtra produced 81.08 lakh metric ton waste in 2017 and 80.11 lakh metric ton waste in 2016. Mumbai generates 7,500 metric ton waste in a day or 27.37 lakh metric ton per annum, which is one-third of the total waste produced in the state.
There has been an improvement in waste treatment in the state from 27 per cent in 2013 to 44 per cent in 2018, joint director of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board stated.
Many municipal corporations like Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, etc. are using bio digesters, biomethanataion and other forms for organic waste recycling which reduces the burden of landfills. Sontakke added that the waste treatment models used in Pune and Nashik should be escalated.