Satyamev Jayate 2: How the waste should not to be wasted

New Delhi, March 17, 2014: The third episode of Aamir Khan's popular issue based show may not have been high on emotions, nevertheless it struck the right chord. A pertinent issue of how to clean up our city, Aamir Khan opened the show narrating that how we all laud foreign countries for being clean but still continue to litter our own surroundings without giving it a second thought. 

An insightful episode of how waste is an important resource, 'Staymev Jayate' this time focussed that how often the system which includes municipal corporations, government and citizens themselves contribute in creating a city dirty. Interestingly, a huge chunk of budget is set aside by Municipal corporation for cleanliness of the city. So why do we still have huge garbage dumped in various pockets of the city? 

Some shocking and some insightful facts came out during the episode. 

-Apparently, the municipal corporation leases garbage collection and garbage dumps to private bodies at a price. 

-India generates a shocking 16 crore kg of garbage every day. 

-One garbage truck carries 5-6 tons of garbage at a time. And one ton of garbage is sold at around Rs 500. 

-As per SC ruling biodegradable waste and plastic waste should be segregated; Biodegradable waste has to be compost. 

-That garbage can be treated and converted to bio gas is a known fact. But did you know that one ton of garbage can be made into gas equivalent to 2 LPG cylinders? 

-Setting up biogas plants are easy and cost effective. 

Scientist Dr SR Maley states that if waste is treated as wealth, we can re-use and recycle. Even plastics can be used to make roads. 

-An unique patented technique by Prof Vasudevan effectively uses discarded plastic to build roads. Prof Vasudevan has urged different state governments to use model for free. 

-Activists also insist that waste management should be done in such a way that it is involves and employs thousands of waste collectors who earn a livelihood by collecting garbage. 

-Pune based organisation SWACH helps in empowering waste collectors and their families financially. 

-Even animals contribute in recycling waste. An organisation in Vellore has adopted this method. 

-Bobbili town in Andhra Pradesh boasts of being a zero-waste zone, which simply means that all its garbage is recycled or reused. None of it reaches the landfill. 

- Waste management and collection centres are needed in more numbers across the nation. Bangalore is the only city in India which has 80 such centres. (Source:

17-03-2014 | Posted by Admin