Tamil Nadu is one among the most urbanized states in India with 43.86% of its populaceliving in urban areas. Population growth has enhanced the quantum of waste generation, leading toan increase in the level of pollution. Accumulation of solid waste, especially Municipal Solid Waste(MSW), is a matter of growing concern in urban areas and this problem has aggravated due to theabsence of proper disposal plans.Urban Local Bodies are normally responsible for solid waste collection and disposal. But themagnitude of the problem is well beyond the ability of the smaller local bodies. Therefore, it isessential to devise suitable mechanisms for developing integrated solid waste management systemsin all the towns and cities, comprising source reduction, segregation including other importantcomponents like collection, transportation, processing and sanitary landﬁll operations.This Ready Reckoner on Solid Waste Management has been prepared, based on the MunicipalSolid Waste (Management & Municipal Handling) Rules, 2000 and the Manual on Municipal SolidWaste Management by the Central Public Health & Environmental Engineering Organization(CPHEEO). The photographs contained in this book display some of the best practices adopted inthe local bodies in Tamil Nadu.
Dr. Niranjan Mardi, I.A.S,
Commissioner of Municipal Administration, has been the sourceof inspiration for preparing this compendium, and had offered valuable suggestions, for which Iwill remain ever grateful. Many experts in the ﬁeld of Solid Waste Management and Ofﬁcers of theCommissionerate of Municipal Administration provided support, and encouragement during thecourse of my preparing this book. I convey my sincere thanks to all of them.
V. Murugesan,Municipal Engineer &Chennai-5
Solid Waste Management Specialist,17.11.2008
TNUDP III, O/o the CMA, Chennai-600 005.