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Organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, play an essential role in managing a city’s waste. Active participation of NGOs and municipal bodies in waste management helps raise awareness among the public about sustainable waste practices. The role of various organizations in solid waste management is also instrumental in identifying critical issues in waste management systems and finding solutions to them.
Now, let us see one by one the role of various organizations in solid waste management.
It is the primary responsibility of municipal governmental organizations to ensure safe waste disposal methods. They make sure of the implementation of appropriate waste management practices. Waste management rules make it mandatory for municipal bodies to compost biodegradable waste. The regulations prohibit the disposal of organic matter at landfills and permit only the dumping of inert material. The policies of governmental bodies regarding waste management focus on:
Though it is their primary responsibility, municipal bodies very poorly perform these services. The inefficiencies in waste management have resulted in the spread of diseases and immense damage to the environment. With rapid urbanization, these issues become more critical day by day.
Municipalities must interact with industries and commercial units to increase the number of wastes recycled. They must set standards for the efficient separation, compaction, and disposal of waste.
NGOs depend on voluntary service and function according to the number of donations received. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can be valuable assets in waste management systems. In India, around 1.5 million NGOs are supporting different causes. Municipal bodies and other governmental bodies are sometimes inefficient in their management of waste due to a lack of financing. Therefore, there is a growing need for NGOs and communities to participate in waste management processes. NGOs contribute to waste management by increasing the number of people involved in waste management practices. They also help spread awareness about sustainable waste practices. The major undertakings of NGOs in the waste management sector are:
A forum is a medium for participants to talk and argue over public and social matters. Citizenship Forums play a fundamental role in improving socio-environmental standards in an area. Forums allow waste/rag pickers to be actively involved in implementing waste management practices at the local level. Citizenship forums contribute to the eradication of social issues that surround waste picking. It empowers associations to uphold waste workers’ right to earn a living and right to clean and safe living conditions.
In the traditional planning of waste management systems, there has been participation only among engineers, administrators, and other professionals. Forums allow the urban poor to be involved in the decision-making of policies designed for their betterment. A UNICEF study estimated that 45,000 children in each developing country work in waste picking.
Urban waste management is a complex issue, and it is challenging to tackle it via a municipal agency alone. Therefore, forums are vital since they involve coordination between the private sector, local government, NGOs, and waste pickers’ associations.
Accounting for costs in solid waste management systems involves identifying, summing, and reporting costs associated with waste management. Knowing the costs associated with waste management helps make better decisions about waste programs. It also helps improve the efficiency of services and make plans for the future. Accounting for costs helps in:
Understanding the economics of waste management is essential to communities and municipalities. Calculating the cost of a waste management system involves using many variables. They include the number of collection points, the frequency of weekly collections, the type of area, the routes taken by collection vehicles, the types of collection vehicles, etc. By knowing the cost economics, societies and municipalities can determine the cost of solid waste management. They can also identify areas where waste diversion into composting centres and recycling stations needs to happen.