Waste Solutions for a Circular Economy in India

01 Sep 2020 to 30 Sep 2025


Indian cities, generate ~62 million tonnes of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) annually, which is disposed at landfills or unmanaged dumpsites causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other environmental problems. Moreover, it is expected that MSW will grow to 165 million tonnes by 2031 and its GHG emissions will double to 41.09 million tons of CO2eq by 2030. The project aims to initiate the low carbon transformation of the waste sector by reducing GHG emissions and providing other co-benefits by i) scaling up and de-risking investment, ii) ensuring the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle (3R’s) concept of an integrated circular-economy waste management system and iii) facilitating implementation of extended producer responsibility by setting up platforms for coordinated stakeholders engagement. The project will mobilize public and private sector investments of about EUR 60m and will lead to emission reductions of around 6.9 MtCO2eq until 2030.

Project Partners Link
Urban Local Bodies of partner municipalities
Centre of Science and Environment
Pro India Recycling
Locations: Goa, Karnataka (Bengaluru), Uttar Pradesh (Varanasi), Bihar (Patna), Tamil Nadu (Trichy)
Project Lead: Jai Kumar
Link to Project Site: https://mitigation-action.org/projects/india-waste-solutions-for-a-circular-economy/