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A graveyard (Representational image)

Make graveyards safe for the living. They are reservoirs of antibiotic-resistance bacteria

Rapid urbanisation in many developing countries has meant that informal settlements have begun to sprout near cemeteries.

‘Recycling industry like a baby without parents’ — representatives want separate ministry

Members of Material Recycling Association of India say a comprehensive policy on scrap materials can help Modi govt achieve $5 trillion economy target.
A customer holds a plastic bag containing chai | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt’s blanket ban on plastics at this moment of economic slowdown is a bad idea

The single-use plastic ban is a disguised admission by the government that it has failed to put in place adequate garbage disposal mechanisms.
Ghazipur Dump Yard | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

For Delhi, the Ghazipur landfill is a problem that’s only going to get bigger

With no efficient waste management system & a dearth of land for new dumps, filth will continue to mount at Ghazipur landfill, as will disease and pollution.
A school in India | Pixabay

This Indian school accepts plastic waste instead of fees

Akshar Foundation School in Assam requests that each child brings in at least 25 plastic items every week.

How to build future cities? The answer lies in the slums of India, Brazil & Indonesia

Informal housing is not always a problem to be solved, but can be treasure-trove of city solutions.

Fashion has a huge waste problem & recycling ain’t working

In the world of fashion, there are massive levels of waste and more greenhouse gas emissions than international shipping and flights combined.

Delhi park features replicas of 7 wonders of the world created out of waste

It took 110 tonne of waste from MCD yards and stores across the capital to recreate these monuments.

Nagpur to become the first Indian city to treat and reuse 90% of its sewage

Nagpur Municipal Corporation's sewage treatment plants are on the cusp of being able to recycle 480 million litres of the total 525 million litres per day of sewage the city generates.

These plastic-eating fungi may be the answer to our garbage epidemic

Last year, a team of scientists from Pakistan and China stumbled upon a species of fungus that colonised the surface of plastic, causing it to chip away.

On Camera

Men smoking hookah | Representational Image | Commons

Chewing gum ban good but Haryana’s hookah culture can be real Covid-19 culprit

Hookah is popular in the state of Haryana and people, especially the elderly are defying Covid-19 lockdown and coming together to smoke hookah.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.