68% of waste in Karnataka remains untreated, revealed CPCB data

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KARNATAKA: 68 per cent of waste in Karnataka remains untreated as per the data accessed by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). If solid waste processing is considered in urban areas, the state has worst record in south India.

The data revealed that as of January 2019, Karnataka generates 10,000 tons of waste every day, out of which only 3,200 tons of waste (32 per cent) was processed. West Bengal, Orissa and Jammu & Kashmir are the only major states which treats lesser waste than Karnataka.

Mahendra Jain, Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development Department of Karnataka said that the quality of waste processing is much better than other states. The segregation at source is one of the best in India, and the model used to create compost is better than others, he added.

He said that three Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) are signed to generate electricity from waste and there are other projects for waste management as well. On the completion of these works the capacity will be more than the waste generated, Jain added.

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