Waste Generation


Major cities in India generate 3x the waste

India generates approximately 1.5 lakh tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) per day. MSW includes household waste, commercial and market area waste, slaughter house waste, institutional waste (e.g., from schools, community halls), horticultural waste (from parks and gardens), waste from road sweeping, silt from drainage, and treated biomedical waste.


Compared to global large economies India generates lower MSW on a per capita basis. . Even as compared to China, India's per capita waste is around one fourth. 


However within India' the waste generated in densely populated metros/tier 1 cities is significantly higher than the national average. Rising incomes, rapidly growing but unplanned urbanisation, and changing lifestyles have resulted in increased volumes and changing composition.