Webinar on "Integrated Solid Waste Management in Pakistan" organized by IEEM

30/09/2020 - 9:48am

Webinar on “Integrated Solid Waste Management in Pakistan” was organized by Institute of Environmental Engineering & Management on 12th September 2020. The invited speaker was Dr. Asim Ali Abro, Assistant Professor/Chairman, Department of Civil Engineering Technology, The Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University of Technology & Skill Development, Khairpur (Mir’s), Sindh. BE, ME, PhD and faculty members of Institute of Environmental Engineering & Management participated in this webinar. 

Dr. Abro said that the solid waste management is not the perplexing problem for developing countries but developed countries are still trying to figure out the sustainable method to deal with this menace. Currently Pakistan produces around 48.5 million tones with less than 50% of collection each day and this would be increased by increasing population & urbanization. Many of countries around the globe have a much-engineered mechanism of solid waste utilization and adopted well Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) approach and getting the good out of it.

Pakistan can harness the alternative sources by abolishing the conventional approach of open dumping and Landfilling. This could be possible when solid waste is managed by well-equipped system of management and the system should include fundamentals of ISWM model i.e. policies, selection of technologies, and social awareness programs.

Dr. Korai concluded that the ISWM is one of the best approaches to extract energy from solid waste in the country.