Analysing the importance of solid waste management

Only 12 per cent of the 70 per cent of India's solid waste is treated, while the rest goes into landfills. Though there's a long way to go in treating the problem, people and co-operatives have started taking initiatives towards segregating and composting waste and developing a consciousness of not disposing waste indiscriminately.

The Worldwide Fund for Nature, Pakistan, and Lahore Compost have signed a memorandum of understanding to join hands for promoting non-chemical interventions for sustainable livelihood development among farming communities for two years.

Although the country has attained 85 percent sanitation coverage, few people are using sanitary latrines, speakers at a view exchange meeting said yesterday.