The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) today warned against degradation of land and environment due to waste generated out of demolition and construction of buildings, and called for recycling and re-using this waste.
Recycling was the need of the hour to substitute material mined from nature and prevent damage to water bodies, land, public spaces and green areas, it said.
While construction necessitates enormous amount of material that accounts for about half of all materials used, it is also responsible for generating about half of the solid waste that degrades the land and environment.
The problem was slated to compound in view of the fact that 70 per cent of the buildings that will stand in India in 2030 are yet to be built.
So immediate steps were called for to turn this waste into a resource.
That was the conclusion of the deliberations at the day long conference on 'Waste to Resource' jointly organised by the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) and Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) here. More UNI NAZ DJK1551 NNNN
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