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Managing Waste

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Valsa R. Nair Singh, I.A.S., Secretary (Environment), GoM; Chairperson Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and MCZMA, speaks to Clean India Journa

Opportunities in the Indian Environmental Market

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Many domestic and multinational environmental services firms view the environmental market, consisting of water and wastewater, air pollution control and waste management services, as one of the high growth sectors in India

Maintaining National Highways

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The standards of highways in any country speak for the kind of development it has achieved.India is certainly trying to maintain international quality of construction and maintenance of the highways.

Selecting Scrubber-Driers

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Choosing cleaning equipment such as scrubber-driers is nowadays heavily influenced by factors that deal with preservation of natural resources and limiting environmental impact. Facility maintenance and cleaning professionals are in a unique position to make a large impact on efforts made by business to adopt sustainable practices

Indian Cleaning Industry:Towards Collective Action

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The Indian Cleaning Industry, after its dramatic take off a few years back has been witnessing an annual growth of over 40%. Yet, the present volatile market conditions bring to the forefront some of the key issues which need to be collectively addressed to keep the momentum of growth. Recently, Clean India Journal facilitated a special Indian Cleaning Industry Meet which triggered a healthy debate...

Dyeing units of Tirupur: Solution for Sludge?

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It is a festivity of colours each day here, as colourful streams of water gush down the drains and fall into a huge pool of muck and fluid. This concoction of colour and grime is churned at high speed to split clean the slime from the water. Less than 50km off the textile city of Coimbatore, the hosiery hub of India, Tirupur, houses 6,250 factories that spin out garments in pleasing hues for the export market. Unlike other dyeing centres in the country, environment-conscious Tirupur has its waste treated within each unit, with no toxic waste escaping into the storm water drains anywhere in the city. How do they manage this? Mohana goes inspecting.

Keepers of Kangra ‘Kuhls’

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Community-managed ‘kuhls’ or water canals that date back to the pre-colonial Katoch dynasty (1690 to 1805), are today in dire straits. Human faeces, animal waste and garbage float in this water, which is even used for drinking!

Sustainability issues in Solid Waste Management

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There are various ‘Sustainability’ issues concerning waste management in India. Most projects started with good intention by the urban bodies failed to take off. R. A. Rajeev, Additional Municipal Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, discusses the need for right financial model for such projects.

Stink to Smile

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When an NGO turned mango peels to manure, Nabard stepped in to fund the innovative project…

Issue of the Missing Tissue

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Step into any MNC or five star hotel and you know where to find a tissue right off a box or a roll. For that matter, even small eateries provide tissues with hot dosas or chilled fruit juice. But, a couple of months back, it was rather surprising to find that the tissues that adorned the tables of favourite joints have disappeared. Instead, the waiter politely indicated to the washbasin where a towel was hung (which probably had already been used by over 100 people!). This is not the scene at eateries alone; toilet paper is off the roll at many offices and face tissues missing from washrooms. Another casualty of economic meltdown? Mohana finds out.
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