The Yamuna River Project

Mapping Delhi Landfills

Re-Centering Delhi Team, Fall 2016.

Delhi has four landfills currently in operation, three of them overdue for closure. On an average day, 1000 of tons of waste is dumped and distributed to each of these landfills, while at the same time numerous fires are active in these landfills leading to increased and continuous air pollution.

Trash is everywhere in Delhi. Only 83% of the generated municipal solid waste is collected. 80% of waste is either compostable or recyclable, but only 29% of collected waste is ultimately treated. More so, Delhi only has 4 landfills, three of which are overdue for closure.

Bhalswa, Ghazipur and Okhla are the three biggest landfills in Delhi, with Bhalsa serving the largest percentage of the Delhi population at 50.3%.

When the landfills first started growing, they were not supposed to exceed a height of 15 M. These landfills are an obstruction, especially to those residents who live nearby, who suffer from odor and air quality issues.

On an average day, 1000 tons of waste is dumped and distributed to each of these landfills. Waste is transported up the mountain 600-650 times per day. By around 8pm, fueled by heat and decomposition, many sections of the landfills are burning, sending toxic pollutants back into the atmosphere and into the city.

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