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IIT Kharagpur study proposes solid waste management norms in COVID time

IIT Kharagpur study proposes solid waste management norms in COVID time
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Kolkata, Sep 26 (PTI) IIT Kharagpur researchers have

come up with a set of recommendations for managing solid

waste, including biomedical and plastic waste, causing

environmental problems during COVID-19 pandemic situation.

A recent study by the researchers has led to the

formulation of the recommendations which include adoption of

"eco-friendly bioplastics and biodegradable materials with

higher recyclability", the institute said in a statement on

Saturday.

"While reduced economic activities due to COVID-19

have certainly made air and water cleaner as per many reports,

change in the dynamics of plastic, food, and biomedical waste

generation has however stirred the woes of solid waste

management," the statement said.

The researchers have explored the challenges faced by

the solid waste management sector during the pandemic and the

underlying opportunities to fill existing loopholes in the

system, it said.

The study, led by Prof Brajesh Kumar Dubey of IIT

Kharagpur''s Department of Civil Engineering, emphasised on

sustainable technologies and development of green business

models by analysing economic prospects in the post-pandemic

world.

"It should be well understood that the mess created by

the COVID-19 crisis should not be solved at the expense of

solving the longer-term issue of the climate crisis.

"The post-COVID-19 world would need a systems-level

approach on a global scale to address the issue of solid waste

management and protect our environment with low carbon

footprint," Dubey was quoted as saying in the statement.

The study recommends the adoption of new technologies

in solid waste management using "socially viable designs

scoring high on environmental and economic feasibility", he

said.

"Incentive policy could be introduced for adopting

eco-friendly bioplastics, biodegradable materials with higher

recyclability. This would enable the standardisation of

plastic products and packaging leading to economic recycling

models," he said.

Artificial Intelligence-powered sustainable

technologies can be deployed to manage efficient sorting and

recycling of waste.

This shall be further supported by means of "refuse,

reduce, reuse and recycle" mantra of the circular economy, he

said. PTI SUS SBN

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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