THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Satisfied with the success of the decentralised waste management system the state has adopted, the director general of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), Sunita Narain said the centralised waste management facilities installed across the country have failed to yield desired results.
“I am not against centralised plants. But many of them have been closed down and more are expected to follow suit due to poor waste segregation. But we are still interested in building new ones.” said Sunita while releasing a book, ‘Not in my backyard’, along with Finance minister Thomas Isaac.
The book is CSE’s new report on solid waste management in Indian cities. A survey conducted for the book has rated Alapuzha as one of the three best cities in cleanliness.
Sunita hailed the Alapuzha model of encouraging households to manage waste at source, as one of the best models the city managers in the country should adopt. She said the south Indian states are better performers in collecting waste but needed improvement in treatment of waste.
The poor should have a say in waste management. Isaac said school children would be encouraged to participate in household and community waste management projects.