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Government of India
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
24 MAR 2022 2:38PM by PIB Delhi
Technological solutions for effective Solid Waste Management

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has started Swachh Technology Challenge under Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U) 2.0 to promote innovative technological solutions in waste management sector under identified solution areas viz. social inclusion (resulting in better working condition for sanitation workers and waste pickers), zero dump, plastic waste management, and transparency.


Under the Swachh Technology Challenge, the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) across the country had sought entries from individuals and organizations at the city level. As per the Guidelines of the programme, the solutions provided by successful applicants are proposed to be recognized at City level, State level, and National level. At the State level, awards would be given to the solutions provided by the winning applicants ranging from Rs. 75,000 to Rs. 5 lakhs, as per guidelines.


More than 4000 entries have been received from various cities.  A total of 54 solutions have been finalized/approved by the States. The top 10 solutions received will become eligible to participation in Swachhata Start-up Challenge. The winning solutions of Swachhata Start-up Challenge will get financial support of Rs.25 lakhs per selected project from MoHUA and one year of dedicated incubation support.  The Central Pollution Control Board has constituted a Standing Committee on technology for Waste Management for assessment of indigenous technologies and innovative waste management practices. The Solid waste processing facilities and associated infrastructure shall operate as per guidelines issued by MoHUA and Standards prescribed under Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.


Under the Scheme of Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0, additional Central Assistance is provided to States and Union territories for solid waste management including plastic waste management. Swachh Bharat Mission Urban 2.0aims to achieve the vision of ‘Garbage Free Cities’ over the next five years through remediation of legacy waste dumpsites and complete scientific management of all fractions of waste including safe disposal in scientific landfills. A Swachhta Management Platform “Swachhatam” along with GIS platform based App was launched under SBM-U 2.0, by MoHUA, to enable data driven decision making and to maintain transparency through digital engagement.


This information was given by Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change in Rajya Sabha today.