Around 15 Crore Rupees Earned from Waste Generation in India
Indore is the largest city of Madhya Pradesh state in India. It is also the most populated city. This city has been named the cleanest city in India for the sixth consecutive year.
The city authorities say that 1,900 tons of waste are processed here daily. The income from this is corer of Rupees. And buses running in the city are supplied with fuel from this waste processing.
On October 1, 2021, The Central Government announced its annual cleanliness survey results. Indore tops the list there. Indore follows Gujarat’s Surat and Navi Mumbai in the list of cleanest cities.
City corporations generally separate garbage into dry and wet categories. However, there are six such divisions in Indore. This city is also known as the commercial capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh, with a population of 3.5 million.
If anyone goes around the city, there seems to be no waste anywhere. However, every day, this city generates 1 thousand 200 tons of dry waste and 700 tons of wet waste.
Mahesh Sharma, Superintendent Engineer of Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC)’s cleanliness wing, said, “We have 850 vehicles for waste management. From households and businesses collect waste in these vehicles.”
The next step divides into six categories, and vehicles have separate compartments for different types of waste. For example, discarded sanitary napkins go in a separate compartment. This sort of processing becomes easier in the initial collection stage.’
The specialty of IMC’s waste treatment system is a Bio-CNG plant. Wet waste collected from the city is used as raw material here. According to officials, it is the largest Bio-CNG plant in Asia.
On February 19 this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the plant, which was built at the cost of Rs 150 crore at Devguradia Trenching Ground. It can process 550 tonnes of waste per day.
From here, it produces 17,000 to 18,000 kg of bio-CNG and 10 tons of bio-fertilizer. About 150 buses run in the city using this bio-CNG. The price of this CNG is Rs. 5 per kg less than commercial CNG.
IMC earned Rs.14.45 crore 144.5 million from waste processing last financial year. Eighty million and fifty lakh from selling carbon credits in the international market and Rs. 25.20 million as an annual premium from a private company for supplying waste to bio-CNG plants. Indore city authorities expect to earn Rs. 200 million in the current financial year.
About 8,500 ‘Safai Mitras’ (cleaning workers) work three shifts to keep Indore clean. The city’s sewage is treated in three unique plants. This treated waste is used in 200 government gardens, farms, and construction work.