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Solid Waste Management

Solid Waste Management is defined as the discipline associated with control of generation, storage, collection, transport or transfer, processing and disposal of solid waste materials to tackle issues related to public health, conservation, economic, aesthetic, engineering/ technology & other environmental concerns.

Solid waste management includes planning, administrative, financial, engineering and legal functions in the process of solving problems related to waste materials. Further for effective and efficient solid waste management an inter-disciplinary approach is needed from various sectors such as public health, city and regional planning, political science, geography, sociology, economic, communication and conservation, demography, engineering & technology and material sciences.

Municipal Solid Waste 

The State adopted a cluster approach for solid waste management on PPP model. The Private Partners were to be selected for collection, transportation, processing and disposal of solid waste. The approach has not been very successful and the Department is now following both centralized and decentralized model.

A Common Action Plan for viable alternative measures for disposal of garbage till setting up of Solid Waste Management Plants, was prepared in 2012 on directions of the High Court. The Directorate of Local Government was the implementing body of the Action Plan and PPCB has been monitoring the same regularly.

Department of Local Government has notified "Punjab State Solid Waste Management Policy 2018” to ensure scientific and systematic management of solid waste in all Urban Local Bodies in the State. The policy provides guidance for preparation of SWM plans by ULBs and prescribes timelines for some of the key activities. The Department has constituted an Advisory Committee as mandated under the Rules.

Construction & Demolition Waste

Department of Housing & Urban Development has prepared action plan for monitoring of construction & demolition activities of the buildings within the State of Punjab. The Department of Local Government has taken steps to identify the land for the ULBs for collection of C&D waste.

Plastic Waste Management

The Department of Local Government, Punjab vide notification dated 18/02/2016 has completely prohibited manufacture, stock, distribute, recycle, sell or use of plastic carry bags in the urban areas. Punjab Pollution Control Board has played a pro-active role to get constituted a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) namely Punjab Plastic Waste Management Society consisting of brand owner companies as its members for management of Multi-layered plastic waste generated in the State.

Bio-Medical Waste Management

Punjab Pollution Control Board has devised a detailed plan for managing bio-medical waste. The bio-medical waste of all the Healthcare Facilities (HCFs) in the State is being collected, transported, treated and disposed through 5 authorized Common Bio-Medical Waste Treatment Facilities (CBWTFs) located at Ludhiana, SAS Nagar, Amritsar, Pathankot and Sri Muktsar Sahib. The Bio-Medical Waste generation in the State is in the range of 14-15 tons per day (TPD) depending upon patient load.

Hazardous Waste Management

Punjab Pollution Control Board has facilitated a Common Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facility (CTSDF) at Village Nimbuan, Tehsil Dera Bassi, Distt. SAS Nagar constructed by M/s Nimbuan Green Field Punjab Limited (NGPL) and commissioned in October, 2007. The facility has been designed for 15 years capacity considering the generation of storable quantity of hazardous waste as 36,000 MTA with total capacity as 5,40,000 MT. The capacity to store hazardous waste in the existing CTSDF is sufficient upto year 2030 at the present rate of generation.

E-Waste Management

Punjab Pollution control Board has already set up one dismantling facility by M/s Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited, Vill. Nimbua, Tehsil Dera Bassi, Distt. SAS Nagar and two such facilities are coming up, which are being established by M/s Black Diamond Cements Pvt. Ltd., Tehsil Dera Bassi, District SAS Nagar and M/s Spreco Recycling, Tehsil Raikot, District Ludhiana. The Board has invited Expression of Interest for setting up of e-waste recycling facility in the State and two parties of Amritsar and Jalandhar area have shown their interest for setting up of the same. After successful commissioning of these facilities, the E-Waste will be channelized in a proper manner. Till date, the Board has identified 936 bulk consumers in the State of Punjab and the Board has organized several awareness camps across the State for the bulk consumers.