Waste collection and recycling in New Delhi

Last Modified: Sat Apr 25 2020 22:11:48 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 4,000 tonnes
    Waste collected each day by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation.
  • 3,600 tonnes
    Waste collected each day by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.
  • 3,000 tonnes
    Waste collected each day by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation.
  • 3
    Number of landfill sites serving New Delhi - Bhalswa, Ghazipur and Okhla - and among them, the Ghazipur dump is already in running to be taller in height than national monuments like Qutub Minar and Taj Mahal. Bhalswa and Okhla have already been declared exhausted but the untreated waste is still being dumped there with no other place to go.
  • 28 million tonnes
    Accumulated waste at the 3 landfill sites mentioned above - one of the impacts being contamination of groundwater which is turning yellow and orange and reaching the Yamuna. This came up as an observation by a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice A.K. Goel while hearing a case related to waste management in Delhi.
  • 62%
    Percentage of households that do not segregate waste in East Delhi according to a study by The Energy and Resources Institute. 71% either handed over the waste to the informal sector or disposed them at vacant plots and dhalaos. The situation was worse in market areas where 78% establishments did not segregate their waste.
  • 2,000 tonnes
    Estimated waste that is dumped in the Ghazipur landfill each day. Described as India’s ‘Mount Everest of trash’, it measures over 65m (213) feet in height and officials have said it will need to have warning lights installed to stop aircraft colliding with it. The Ghazipur landfill first opened in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India in 1984 and hit capacity in 2002. Taking up the area of more than 40 football pitches, Ghazipur rises by nearly 10 metres a year with no end in sight to its foul-smelling growth.