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Waste Characterization and Audit Training Programme for Plastic and other MSW for Municipal Corporation Shimla

Shimla, 9-10 May 2014


Shimla the capital of Himachal Pradesh is bound by districts of Mandi and Kullu in the north, Kinnaur in the east and Solan in the south. The city has a population of about 1.7 lakhs as per 2011 census data. The source of waste is generally from residential, commercial, institutions and parks. The collection of the solid waste is carried through door to door collection by Shimla Environment Heritage & Beautification (SEHB) Society under the ageis of the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC).
The purpose of the training programme was to create awareness about the new Plastic waste bylaws and also about MSW and other waste bylaws and to introduce the participants from SMC and SEHB to the directions of the Hon’ble H.P. High Court. The training was facilitated by GIZ team of Mrs Vaishali Nandan, Senior Advisor and Mr. Vibhor Sood, Technical Expert. The training was carried out by the GIZ-SWM Expert team from EcoParadigm comprising of Mr.Pravinjith, Mr.G.V.Ravindra, and Mr.Jishnuraj.

The Waste Characterization and Audit Training Programme was conducted for Shimla Municipal Corporation staffs (Health Officer, Sanitary Supervisors and Ward Supervisors) on 9th and 10th May 2014 at Ritz, Shimla, to implement and comply with the new plastic waste bylaws.


  • To create awareness about the new plastic waste bylaws and other waste byelaws and directions of the Honorable High Court of Himachal Pradesh
  • Overlaps with Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules and Service Level Benchmark framework in the city
  • To train MCS and SEHB staff on waste characterization and to quantify the waste at source
  • To Train the Supervisors as Trainers to determine the proportion of different fractions of MSW generation and extent of collection
  • To Train the Trainers to quantify the total amount of waste generated in MCS
  • To enable the Trainers for decision making for collection, transportation, routing & loading and deployment of staff


The methodology adopted was

  1. Class room training
  2. Practical demonstration in class
  3. Field practice


These are following outcome of the workshop
The personnel were trained independently in the art of sampling and characterization. They were instructed to carry out audit of their respective wards for three days – 1 residential, 2 commercial and 3 mixed/ instituional zones. Hence nearly 75 audits would be conducted in the MCS jurisdiction. The study would be carried out under supervision of Mr Vibhor Sood from GIZ. The data would be furnished to the GIZ-SWM Expert team from Ecoparadigm for interpretation and feedback for the next training program.

Future action:

The SEHB members have to identify Dry-waste recyclers in respective wards and collect the following information

  1. Materials and volumes traded
  2. Destination of sale
  3. Unit price of specific dry-waste eg, Glass bottles, PET plastics, paper etc.
  4. Route map of vehicles / beat maps of collectors of at least for one ward
The report contains proceeding, analysis, photographs and outcomes