Mumbai generates 11,000 tonne of waste per day witnessing 105 per cent rise: Study

In 1999, the daily waste ratio was 5,355 tonnes per day and the same increased in 2016 to 11,000 tonnes per day


According to the EnviStats 2018 data, in the last 17 years, Mumbai has become one of the largest waste generators amongst 46 other cities in India. This document was published by the Central Statistics Office under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

As per the study, the daily waste generated across Mumbai has increased by 105 per cent. In 1999, the daily waste ratio was 5,355 tonnes per day (TPD) and in 2016 it escalated to 11,000 TPD.  

Other cities that generate waste  

  • Delhi- 8,700 TPD (was the second biggest generator of waste)
  • Chennai- 5,000TPD
  • Hyderabad- 4,000 TPD
  • Kolkata- 4,000 TPD
  • Bangalore- 3,700 TPD
  • Ahmedabad- 2,500 TPD

However, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), believes otherwise. The officials claim that the amount of waste in the city has reduced to 8,722 TPD in 2017 and is currently 7,500 TPD, a 32 per cent drop since 2016.

Vishwas Shankarwar, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, solid waste management (SWM) department, BMC, said that after the civic body acted on bulk generators and worked on proper planning and processing of waste, a significant drop has been witnessed since then.

Along with this he added that increase in population load is the primary reason for the rise in waste over 17 years. He added that lack of awareness and generation of mixed waste was the other issue.

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