Addressing various factors associated with Waste Management in India
Rishi Aggarwal is an environmental activist based in Mumbai. For over two decades he has been involved with numerous environmental issues in Mumbai with considerable engagement in waste management. He is Director of Mumbai Sustainability Centre
Dr. Shyamala Mani
Dr. Shyamala Mani, having a PhD & MPhil in Environmental Science from SES, JNU and an MPH from University of California, Berkeley is working as Sr. Advisor, WASH and Waste Management, Centre for Chronic Diseases Control (CCDC) and Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) since 2018. She retired as Professor from the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), New Delhi in December 2017. As Team Leader Swachh Bharat Mission capacity building project, she continued at NIUA from 2018-2020 and spearheaded the capacity building and training of ULBs during SBM 1.0 until February 2020. She has implemented several integrated waste management projects in Karnataka and several programs towards setting up zero waste centres in different parts of India while working as Program Director of Waste and Resource Management group at Centre for Environment Education from 1987-2012. She has advised countries in South Asia on similar projects. She has been instrumental in research and policy and has been in the MoEFCC’s committees for the formulation of Biomedical Waste, Plastic Waste, Municipal Solid waste, E waste and Hazardous waste during the initial phase and their updating in 2016 and developed different educational materials for implementing them. Along with colleagues and experts in developing countries in South America, Africa and Asia, she wrote in and edited a book ‘Municipal Solid Waste Management Energy Conversion in Developing Countries – Technologies, Best Practices, Challenges and Policy’ published by
Elsevier. She has also won several awards such as the UNCHS Global 100 award for community-based waste management projects in 1999, Plasticon India award for the most innovative plastic recycling technology in 2005 and Paryavaran Puraskar (institutional) for contribution to Biomedical waste management in India in 2001. She is also the recipient of the National Science Talent scholarship of NCERT, ICAR junior fellowship in Agricultural Microbiology and Fogarty International scholarship in Environmental Health during her studies in India and abroad. She has published widely, both popular and academic books & articles.
Alumini of IIM Kolkatta and Delhi College of Engineering she had a brief stint as a Banker before global IT work experience spanning 25 countries and 17 years. She has also held the CMO, CSO and CSR head roles in IT and BPO companies. She now runs a social enterprise called Stonesoup.in which aims to make sustainable living easy while creating employment for women. She has been volunteering for responsible waste management since 2011. She is part of SWMRT , 2bin1bag campaign (segregation at source) and Bangalore Eco Team – citizen plastic ban campaign across the city, Swachagraha – to get 10 lakh to start composting and Period Love – bleed Green – a campaign that promotes positive outlook towards periods and sustainable menstruation options. Feels strongly that Swachh bharat is a possibility. She was selected as one of 75 Women Transforming India by Niti Aayog in 2022 and part of UN Women Industry Disruptor 2021, has been a speaker at more than 100 events across schools, colleges, corporates, municipalities and now also TEDx. She is a single mom by adoption and lives with her two kids and two dogs.