Better Waste Management
AAP will adopt and encourage the use of good practices in waste management techniques from across the world. We will encourage recycling by segregation of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste at the household level. Littering or disposal of construction debris in public places will attract a heavy fine. We will enforce the ban on plastic bags in the city.
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Delhi government has decided to set up a waste-to-energy plant at the Ghazipur poultry and fish wholesale market to convert about 10 tonnes of organic waste into biogas and compost. "We have decided to set up an eco-friendly waste management system at the mandi. The mandi produces about 10 tonnes of waste each day that finds its way to the Ghazipur landfill site. We had set up a committee last year, with members from IIT, DSIIDC, the municipal corporations and government officials. It submitted its report in December 2015. We have decided to adopt Bhabha Atomic Research Centre's (BARC) Nisarguna technology for handling the waste," said development minister Gopal Rai. BARC's website describes this technology as one that can "process biodegradable waste, such as kitchen waste, paper, grass, gobar and dry leaves. It offers zero garbage and zero effluents and provides high quality manure and methane gas. Weed-free manure obtained from such waste has high nitrogen content and acts as an excellent soil conditioner." The plant is proposed to be set up in an area of 1,500 sqm within the mandi. Once fully commissioned, it will be able to supply 1,800 kW per hour of electricity, all of which will be used to meet the power demand of the wholesale market. Rai said that after the commission of the plant, they would not require additional power at the mandi. "The capital expenditure on this plant will be Rs 3.33 crore, while the total cost of setting it up and running it for a period of five years will be Rs 6.66 crore. Over this period, the government will end up saving Rs 8 crore," added Rai. The scope of work includes sweeping, scavenging, collection, segregation and transportation of 10 tonnes of waste per day from the mandi and management and operation of the plant. "Approximately 150 kg of residual manure shall be produced from treatment of one tonne of waste," Rai said.

The Delhi Government is setting up an approx 30 Acres of land at Rajghat for setting up a Waste to Energy Plant with processign capacity of 4000MT/day which will increase to 6000 and 8000 MT/day over the next 4-5 years. All the Municipal Corporations agreed to the plan and to supply the MSW free of cost at plant. It was also decided that international standards shall be followed and the government shall buy the electricity generated.

Environment Minister Mr Imran Hussain on Tuesday directed various land owning agencies to speed up the vigil at sites under their jurisdiction to prosecute offenders who violate norms by burning leaves, garbage etc., in the open during winter months. Directions were given in the meeting to review the action being taken against the violators of dust control norms and individuals found burning leaf/waste/plastic materials. The meeting was attended by the Revenue Department, Delhi Development Authority(DDA), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), East/North/South MCDs, Delhi Cantonment Board(DCB), Central Public Works Department (CPWD), PWD, Traffic Police and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC). The National Green Tribunal (NGT) in its order in O.A. 21 of 2014 titled “VardhmanKaushik Vs. UOI” has put a complete prohibition on burning of garbage, dry leaves, waste, plastic, rubber etc and has also directed for complying with dust control measure norms at construction sites. The NGT has also directed all Land Owning Agencies in Delhi to impose fine of Rs.5,000/- on persons found burning leaf/waste/plastic material in the open and fine uptoRs. five lakh on the owners/ builders who are found not following the dust control measures while carrying out construction activity. Delhi government has conferred powers on SDMs, Tehsildars and Asst. Engineers of PWD to levy fine of Rs. 5000/- on the persons found indulging in burning of dry leaves, waste material, plastic, rubber etc. in open. All land owning agencies, municipal corporations, DDA, Delhi Cantonment Board etc., have also been similarly vested with powers to impose levy of like amount from the violators. The Minister expressed his concern that most of agencies have not taken adequate action in this regard. During the meeting, the Municipal Corporations were also not in a position to cite a single instance where the sanitary staff or horticulture staff has been held responsible for failing to take action against the burning of leaf/waste/plastic material in open. Mr Hussain also directed DDA and Delhi Metro to increase vigil at the sites under their jurisdiction and prosecute the offenders The Minister observed that all the land owning agencies need to speed up action against the violators in the winter season especially from December to February when due to foggy conditions, the tendency to develop smog in the atmosphere increases which adversely impact the environment and human beings. Mr Hussain stressed that conserving and protecting the environment should be the concern of everyone, particularly of the agencies/authorities who have been vested with the powers to take action against the violators. The Minister observed that people need to join fight against pollution and emphasized the need for active public participation for effectively combating pollution. Mr Hussain informed that the Govt. is fully committed to tackle pollution and take all necessary measures for providing better air quality to the residents of Delhi.

All Delhi government hospitals, dispensaries and other health care facilities have been directed to carry on their notice boards and websites the statutory rules for bio-medical waste management. A circular in this regard was issued recently by the Directorate General of Health Services. “As per direction of the Health Minister, the Awareness Generation for Bio-medical Waste Management Rules 2016 is to be displayed in all Delhi government hospital websites and notice boards of Delhi government hospitals/dispensaries of DGHS and all health care facilities in Delhi,” the circular reads.

During the Swacch Delhi Abhiyan in November 2015, a mobile app (Swacch Delhi App) was launched. This received over several thousand complaints related to garbage and construction debris within a week. These complaints were forwarded to the concerned agencies (PWD, municipal corporations).


The Delhi government recognizes that a significant amount of work is yet to be done in the field of waste management. One of the initial steps already taken by the government is aimed at managing construction and debris (C&D) waste. The government has advised that usage of recycled C&D waste be made compulsory in civil and construction work. Projects with value greater than Rs 500 crore may be advised to install C&D waste-processing plants. Plans are being made to install two additional C&D waste handling units at Libaspur and Tikri, in addition to the plant in Burari.


A ban of Rs 5,000 has been imposed on the burning of leaves, plastic and other waste in Delhi.