At a time when unprecedented surge in construction and demolition waste is threatening ecological balance, besides causing a nightmare for civic bodies which are struggling to find solutions to handle such waste, Godrej Properties Ltd (GPL), the real estate company of the Godrej Group, has called upon the real estate sector to adhere to sustainable waste management practices and manage construction waste effectively to mitigate its impact on the environment.
GPL, which has come out with a handbook called ‘Waste Matters’ on better management of construction waste for India’s real estate sector, has asked developers to set up systems and processes to manage construction waste at their sites.
It has urged them to set up an ‘Aspect-Impact Register’ for each stage of construction by adopting a risk assessment and management approach, and to institute a Construction Waste Management Plan, listing stage-wise requirements for both internal teams and external partners.
The construction industry in India is poised to achieve a market value of $1.4 trillion by 2025, playing a pivotal role in waste generation. Also, India is set to face an unprecedented waste surge due to population growth, rapid urbanisation and economic development.
The company had commissioned NGO Feedback Foundation to understand the quantum, composition, and distribution of waste generated at every stage of construction and the handbook is a product of extensive research carried out by the NGO. The waste was measured across 4,536 data points and 141 materials were identified across 19 core construction material categories.
IPC Tennant India launches 16th business branch At Gomti Nagar Vistar, Lucknow
The new business location was strategically chosen for its vibrant business environment and proximity to key markets.
The launch ceremony began with the traditional ribbon cutting by Markus Haefeli, VP APAC, Tennant Co USA followed by lamp lighting by Haefeli and Eduardo Pousada, Sr. Director – Finance, APAC, who were specially present for the occasion.
They were followed byTony Chazhoor, MD, IPC Tennant India, Anil Sathe, GM Sales – machinery and distinguished guests like Anoop Gautam, Director ‘Electrica’, Sanket, Regional Manager SMC, Ashok, Operations Manager, Lulu Mall & the entire IPC North India team.
Also present on the occasion were notable guests VK Pathak, Purchase Head, King Security and Waseem, Operations Manager, Royal Café.
Extending a warm welcome to the guests and explaining IPC’s journey over the years, Chazhoor said: “Opening of the 16th branch is a joyous occasion and no organisation arrives to this point without the unflinching support of its partners, dealers and customers”.
Kerala invests in SWM to sustain urbanisation Projects worth `300 crore will be launched this year
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan recently inaugurated the ₹2,400-crore Kerala Solid Waste Management Project (KSWMP) as part of the second phase of ‘Malinya Muktham Navakeralam’ (garbage-free) campaign.
“According to certain reports, at least 90% of the state’s population will be urbanised by 2035. There are opportunities as well as challenges in this regard. Adapting to modern techniques for waste management is part of addressing the challenges,” Vijayan said.
The ambitious project is being carried out by KSWMP in association with the World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The current financial year will see the state’s 87 municipalities and six corporations launching sub-projects worth ₹300 crores, which is one-fourth of the total grant they are to get to strengthen infrastructure for solid-waste management.
The first phase of KSWMP drew encouraging response, with the percentage of doorstep garbage collection rising from 48 to 78, the release said, adding that the public reported 5,965 cases of illegitimate garbage heaps across the state since the roll-out of KSWMP, leading authorities to clear 95% of them.
A new design for material collection facilities (MCFs) and resource recovery facilities (RRFs) was unveiled, and a new Grievance Redressal Mechanism was launched.
India’s electronics sector to harness $7 billion untapped revenue By 2035, via circular business model and policy pathways
A joint report, prepared by the India Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA) and Accenture, identifies six circular business models, including circular design, repair, and resell. These models hold the potential to reshape the electronics sector, fostering economic growth and enhancing
“The circular business models are projected to contribute to a market size of $13 billion by 2035. However, through effective public-private partnerships, the report suggests that the total addressable market could reach $20 billion, revealing a remarkable untapped potential of 35%,” says the report titled Pathways to Circular Economy in Indian Electronics Sector.
Three core business models — Repair, Resell, and Recycling — are already thriving in India, predominantly driven by the informal sector. Around 90% of collection and 70% of recycling are handled by this competitive sector. However, only 22% of collected e-waste is managed by the formal sector, revealing room for improvement, the report mentioned.
The report highlighted that failure to embrace the circular transition could affect approx. 1-3% of electronics industry’s EBITDA, leading to potential revenue loss.
The report presents nine bold policy interventions spanning downstream, use-phase, and upstream pathways. These include fostering multi-brand repair services, defining refurbishment standards, and creating a product-as-a-service framework.
Cumulatively, the proposed policies can generate an economic value of $1.7 billion (net of costs) and divert 0.5 million tons of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), focusing solely on smartphones and laptops until 2035.