Alder College holds seminar on waste management

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Kohima, July 4: The Environmental Studies Department and Eco Club of Alder College Kohima today organized a one day seminar on waste management with special reference to Kohima at Dr. Setu Memorial Hall, Alder College.
Speaking on the occasion as resource person, retired commissioner and secretary L.H. Thangi Mannen, who is also the founding member Green Team Kohima said that the importance of sustainable waste management in the state cannot be understated especially in view of the problem of plastic pollution which is now being considered as second to the problem of climate change amongst the most serious crisis facing mankind today.
“Our practice of just rolling the garbage down the hills or throwing anywhere and everywhere is no longer sustainable with long lasting environmental and health impacts,” she said adding that with the increase in population and waste volume, these impacts will be more severe or even irreversible.
She said that here is an urgent need to explore real solutions that are sustainable and community based.
Touching on Solid Waste Management (SWM) Rules, 2016-18, Mannen said that Government of India have given clear guidelines for sustainable waste management, the mandate of which goes beyond municipal areas.
“This rule in conjunction with Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 (GOI) and various other relevant rules spell out clearly a host of practices that are to be implemented for ensuring proper waste management,” she said.
In compliance with the National Green Tribunal orders and the GoI’s SWM Rules 16-18, the Government of Nagaland has on April 8, 2019, also notified Nagaland Integrated Waste Management Policy 2019 to attain sustainable waste management throughout the state by 2030.
She also highlighted the guiding principles of government rules and policy.
She said that management of waste at source works best.
“Communities/individuals/households etc. must initiate their own solutions for segregation and resource recovery. Every household, hotel, community and every ward should work towards taking responsibility of their own waste. such actions and interventions reduce the load on landfill,” she said.
Decentralized biodegradable waste management can reduce waste going to the landfill by over 50% and also reduce methane generation in the landfill (a source for landfill fires as well as a greenhouse gas) and also aid in resource recovery of non biodegradable waste.
She opined that segregation at source must be followed by segregated collection of waste.
The door to door collection has to take into account the micro-local needs and topography. The challenge of vehicle inaccessibility is common in hill towns, and practical solutions of using manual labour for waste collection can be done.
The Ward committee and the community of the ward must come together to think on such solutions.
Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) administrator Kovi Meyase urged each and every individual to be responsible, saying “It is up to us to follow and put into practice what is good and what is right in our life.”
He urged Alder College to be a partner in making Kohima as a clean city and clean environment.
The function was chaired by Zhapuvi Liegise, nodal officer extension services while vote of thanks was proposed by Kevingunuo Angami, assistant professor, department of environmental studies, Alder College.
(Page News Service)