National Conclave on Social Enterprises for Garbage Free Cities: Encouraging Women Entrepreneurs in

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National Conclave on Social Enterprises for Garbage Free Cities: Encouraging Women Entrepreneurs in

  • Organizing under Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0, under the aegis of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).
  • In collaboration with the Government of Chhattisgarh.


  • It is an event to witness the release of “National Capacity Building Framework for Garbage Free Cities” under SBM-Urban 2.0.
  • The event will serve as a platform for peer learning for States and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) on various centralized and decentralized waste management practices.
  • It will help build capabilities of relevant stakeholders to strengthen the urban sanitation sector in the country.

Other Participants

  • Representatives from nearly 17 States and their ULBs.
  • Ex:
  1. North Eastern States - Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland,
  2. Union Territories - Jammu & Kashmir, Chandigarh and Ladakh
  3. Major States - Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Various Activities to be involved

  • The participants: to engage in an on-ground cleanliness drive on the banks of the Mahanadi river, along with NCC cadets.
  • To be followed by a visit to the Solid Liquid Resource Management (SLRM) Center at nearby Patan.
  • Segregated waste collected from households to be brought to the SLRM center where inorganic (dry/non-bio-degradable) fractions are further sorted into various subcategories.
  • To be done for subsequent recycling/processing and value recovery.
  • Participants will engage in ‘shramdaan’ at the SLRM center and physically sort some of the dry waste into further fractions.
  • It will help sensitize them about the importance of such multiple sorting and segregation for ease of subsequent disposal to recover maximum value from waste.
  • The participants will be taken on field visits to a vermi-composting center for demonstrating scientific, value-added processing of segregated wet waste to compost.
  • The launch of the theme song ‘Swachhata Jaari Hai’.

Women Participants and Entrepreneurs

  • The event will be presenting various women-led waste management initiatives from across the country.
  • Examples:
  1. Hasiru Dala: a Bangalore-based organization works with waste pickers to transform them into waste entrepreneurs.
  2. Cuttack Municipal Corporation, Odisha: working to economically empower transgender-led self-help groups by engaging them as waste operators.
  3. Pune’s Red Dot campaign by SWaCH co-operative: working to spread awareness regarding menstrual health, along with safe and sustainable disposal of sanitary waste.
  4. SHE teams: Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, women-led self-help groups - set up entrepreneurial ventures for operating and maintaining community toilets in slums, and spreading awareness regarding healthy sanitation and hygiene practices in slum communities.
  5. Saahas NGO(Gurugram, Haryana): spearheading the ‘Alag Karo Campaign- Har Din Teen Bin’ to create awareness and implement source segregation of municipal solid waste into 3 fractions – wet (biodegradable), dry (non-biodegradable) and domestic hazardous - by residential communities.

Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban: past 7 years statistics

  • Largest urban sanitation revolution in the world: harnessed the commitment of 130 crore citizens towards building a ‘Clean India.
  • All 35 States and Urban Territories (UTs) are Open Defecation Free (ODF).
  • The practice of segregating waste at source is adopted across 87% of wards in the country.
  • Waste processing: gone up by nearly 4 times, from 18% in 2014 to 71% at present.

Way Forward

  • Enable environment for development of startups and entrepreneurs, including women-led ventures, in the waste management sector.
  • Identify innovative solutions across various themes such as:
  1. Social inclusion,
  2. Zero dump (solid waste management),
  3. Plastic waste management,
  4. Transparency through digital enablement.