Garbage and Waste Management

Bangalore City is just recovering from a major garbage pile-up in the city due to the virtual collapse of the BBMP’s garbage disposal system. The protests of village communities close to the dumping grounds of the enormous quantity of garbage a metropolis generates triggered the crisis.

Managing waste has become a major and contentious issue world over and the 10 th Aug 2012 issue of Science has a special section dealing with waste, with many new ideas thrown in about how others are managing the problem. Municipal solid waste management in India has already become a major problem and just dumping the unsorted urban waste into landfills is no solution and will have serious environmental consequences. The special section on “working with waste ought to be of interest to all of us. (Science, v.337, 10 Aug 2012, pp663-703)

MSR/13 Sept. 2012