Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 provide detailed guidelines on various aspects of Management of Solid Waste. Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has identified State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) and Pollution control committees as Nodal Agencies to monitor its implementation directly in the states and union territories respectively. 

A comprehensive State Action-Plan-for-Waste-Management, 2019 has been prepared by the Directorate Environment & Climate Change (DECC), Punjab. The Action Plan aims to optimize the management of solid waste by adopting systematic decentralized approach for processing of wet waste to minimize environmental impacts entailed with transportation and to ensure maximum resource recovery from dry (recyclable/non-recyclable) waste.

The action plan comprises of timelines, realistic implementation and robust institutional mechanism for effective monitoring of its implementation. Under the directions of Hon’ble NGT, Three-tier monitoring mechanism has been adopted by (DECC) for reviewing the progress of implementation of Action plan for Waste Management. A mechanism for reviewing progress includes monitoring at District level, State level and State Apex Committee.

As per SWM Rules and State Action Plans of Solid Waste Management, the status of following six types of solid waste management in the state is as under:

  • Municipal Solid Waste Management
  • Plastic Waste Management
  • E-Waste Management
  • Bio-Medical Waste Management
  • Construction and Demolition Waste Management
  • Hazardous Waste Management