A panel discussion on ‘Smart Waste Management’ was conducted under the banner of Business Standard
Smart Business in association with WTC in Bhubaneswar. Waste products can be source for new business models.
Bhubaneswar: “The waste generated from industrial operation and urban habitation should be seen as resource for innovative business models and employment creation, instead of being considered as economic and social burden”, said the panelists at a workshop on Smart Waste Management organised by Business Standard
jointly with World Trade Centre, Bhubaneswar.
The experts at the workshop also suggested three R formula - Reuse, Recycle and Reduce, for effective handling of waste products.
Subrata Panigrahi, Director at Institute of Quality and Environment Management Services Pvt. Ltd. stressed on the elimination of waste which the Japanese have been doing for last 70 years .
“If I eliminate muda (means *waste* in Japanese terms) I am adding value, effectiveness and profitability to my business. Waste management is a global business today”, Panigrahi said. He pointed out that 200 tons of vegetables wastes are generated weekly from about 47 haats (periodic markets) in Bhubaneswar which can be recycled to generate electricity and create job opportunities for scavengers.
Speaking on the occasion Ashok Behera, Vice President, Indian Metals and Ferro Alloys said that only 12 per cent of the 176 million fly ash generated by the power plants in the country gets used for manufacturing of various construction materials. He said that fly ash can be used for making bricks, tiles and aerated autoclaved concrete.
Dr. P. K. Prusty, Senior Environmental Scientist, Odisha State Pollution Control Board deliberated on the policies and regulations that are in force for effective management of different waste materials.
Stakeholders participated in the workshop unanimously proposed to set up a WhatsApp group to spread awareness on waste management.