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Environment panel seeks working space for rag-pickers

Source: The Hindu, Date: , 2014

The members of Clean Gurgaon, an environmental group working towards making Gurgaon a city with efficient waste management practices, have sent suggestions to the Ministry of Urban Development on its Draft Municipal Solid Waste Management Manual, 2014.

They have stressed the need to organise rag-pickers, provide them working space in all localities and advocate decentralised solid waste management Clean Gurgaon member N.B. Nair, who retired from the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, said efforts should be made to bring in rag-pickersí organisations in direct contact with the sources of wastes like housing complexes, business houses and eliminate contractors from the scene.

Mr. Nair opined that green waste is a great wealth for an agriculture-based country like India and all green waste should go for composting. On bio-medical waste, Mr. Nair said it can be disinfected and treated as any other waste and there was no need for expensive autoclaves for it.

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