Courtesy earthworms, hair, weed easily converted to manure in 2003, the government ordered the closure of several hair processing units, which made wigs, in Karnataka because of pollution. Burning of hair resulted in toxic elements, which caused allergies. The problem with human hair is it takes hundreds of years to decompose (see

Delhi takes stringent steps the Delhi High Court has asked the state government to ban the use of plastic bags in all shopping centres and to come up with a notification in this regard. The government in 2005 issued a ban on the use of non-degradable polythene. But it was not effectively implemented. In 2007, following a petition by Tapas, a Delhi-based ngo, the court set up a

How many times can one repeat a mistake?Many years ago, a company called Komex said it could treat Margao's garbage in an

By Kate Kelland

LONDON (Reuters) - Sparked by surging oil, a dramatic rise in the value of old plastic is encouraging waste companies across the world to dig for buried riches in rotting rubbish dumps.

Long a symbol of humanity's throw-away culture, existing landfill sites are now being viewed as mines of potential which as the world population grows could also help bolster the planet's dwindling natural resources.

An elephant orphanage hits upon a simple solution to a messy problem

Pachyderms in a playful mood at Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.

PINNAWELA (Sri Lanka): For keepers and mahouts alike, it was always a messy problem that defied solution.

We are talking about the roughly 180 kg of waste an adult pachyderm generates a day. And imagine the pile if it were from a herd of 60 staying and sauntering about in one place. That is simply a problem of elephantine proportions at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage here in Sri Lanka, especially for the poor keepers.

By Bharti Patel

With rapid urbanisation, India is all set to witness a four to five fold rise in waste generation in the coming years.

A little known Conservative councillor, representing a ward in London, UK, named Lucy Ivimy, recently provoked a debate in the media and among general citizens in India and abroad who were outraged at the racial slur made on Indian immigrants in the UK. Increased levels of litter in a particular area was blamed on Indian immigrants and she alleged that "disregard for the cleanliness of a public area is normal behaviour' in India.


Anaerobic digestion of municipal solid waste was carried out in the laboratory at room temperature to assess the bio-energy production from municipal solid waste (MSW) with high total solids content. The total biogas production from the municipal garbage was found to be 3.2 L in 120 days.

Noble metals and Cu mainly are recycled in treating waste printed circuit boards (PCBs), and a large amount of nonmetallic materials in PCBs are disposed of by combustion or landfill, which may cause secondary pollution and resource-wasting. In this study, a kind of nonmetallic plate (NMP) has been produced by nonmetallic materials of pulverized waste PCBs. The NMP is produced by a self-made hot-press former through adding resin paste as a bonding agent.

Aasha Khosa / New Delhi ACC uses cow dung, old shampoo, soap, paint sludge and even municipal waste in five plants. Cow dung, old shampoo, soap, paint sludge and even municipal waste are fed into furnaces that burn lime into cement at the plants of India's leading cement manufacturer, ACC. ACC ,which recently won the Golden Peacock award set up by the UK-based World Environment Foundation, for eco-innovation has procured more than 200,000 tonnes of waste including some hazardous ones to make cement.