Maharashtra Top Waste Generating State In India
Maharashtra has emerged as the top municipal waste-generating state in the country in 2018, followed by Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Based on the data unveiled by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, of the 5.29 crore metric tonne (MT) waste generated across India in 2018, Maharashtra generated 82.38 lakh MT, while Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu generated 61.3 lakh MT and 56 lakh MT, respectively. According to the Centre for Science and Environment, while India's population has increased by 3.5 per cent in past year, waste generation has gone up by five per cent.
This is the third time in a row that Maharashtra has topped this list. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, Maharashtra generated 81.08 lakh MT waste in 2017 and 80.11 lakh MT in 2016.
In Maharashtra, Mumbai is the third largest waste generator, producing 27.37 lakh MT in a year. Mumbai, which earlier was the largest waste producing metro city, has now managed to reduce its waste generation from 9,500 MT to 7,500 MT within two years and also shut down one dumping ground, says the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB).