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“The waste products in Earth’s crust are also the human in this expanded, spectral sense. One’s garbage doesn’t go ‘away’ – it just goes somewhere else.”

– Timothy Morton, English Philosopher

Editor’s Note, September 2019

In this issue, our cover story is Solid Waste & Wastewater: Urban Market Agenda. We have tried to understand the impact of these two segments on the urban water infrastructure and industrial wastewater/ sewage/ effluent treatment needs as the stakes for all players are only getting high with a steady rise in the urban population and developed living standards. The development of fast-rising economies like India and China and increased awareness about environment pollutions are driving it further. New initiatives being taken up by the state and central governments of India, for example, have brought the policy-related news and projects updates of municipal solid waste programs and problems into our daily discussions at home and offices which was never the case earlier.

Smart Waste Management would be the next hot topic in the months and years to come, as experts and public alike will begin thinking beyond the conventional methods of solid waste management (for monitoring, collection, transport, processing, recycling, and disposal of waste) and will focus on cutting-edge devices such as RFID, disposable tags, container systems, and vacuum cleaners to measure the waste in real-time which, in turn, will improve the solid waste management market. In our upcoming issues, we will also focus more on topics like Fleet Tracking and Monitoring, Asset Management, Analytics & Reporting, and Mobile Workforce Management to cover various aspects of Smart Waste Management.

One of the leading articles in this issue is authored by a young duo (a research scholar and an associate professor) from IIT Roorkee. They take a brief but hard look at the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) situation in India. The authors share that in India, per capita Municipal Solid Waste generation is 200-600 grams/day. At present, more than 62 million tons of waste is generated annually in the country. It will rise up to 165 tons by 2030. Around 75-80% of MSW is currently dumped in landfills. The author duo presents a case for Waste-to-Energy (WtE) plants as a sustainable solution.

Another interesting article which I would recommend is by HRS Heat Exchangers, focused on Top Tips for Specific Types of Heat Exchanger Fouling.

Avinash Kumar from WaterAid India writes his views on the WASMO Experiment of Gujarat – Lessons for the New Jal Jeevan Mission, in his monthly column – Water Wise. It is quite a read indeed. He shares two critical lessons in this column and I urge you to read it carefully.

This month, we have interviewed Mr. Dinesh Dayal, President of IBHA (Indian Beauty & Hygiene Association) about their successful implementation of ‘zero-waste’ plastic management project which focuses on Multi-Layered Plastics (MLP).

Another interesting interview is based on a recent visit by Roserve Enviro team to the industrial areas of Bangladesh to create awareness about the concept of “Pay-Per-Use” in the industrial wastewater management field for all the Ready-Made Garment (RMG) industries operating there. We had an interesting conversation with their Business Head Mr. Turbaashu Bhattacharya on the industrial market opportunities in Bangladesh.

Our third interview this month is with Christian Rocke, who is the Exhibition Group Director at Messe München (IFAT India Expo). He gives insights into their event plans, preparations, and future strategies.

– Mayur Sharma
Editor, Smart Water & Waste World Magazine

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