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Swachhta Saarthi Fellowship: Waste to Wealth Mission

  • 03 Mar 2021
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The Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India under its “Waste to Wealth” Mission launched the “Swachhta Saarthi Fellowship”.

Key Points

  • About the Swachhta Saarthi Fellowship:
    • Objectives: To recognize students, community workers/self-help groups, and municipal/sanitary workers who are engaged in tackling the enormous challenge of waste management, scientifically and sustainably.
    • Three Categories of Awards under the Fellowships:
      • Category-A: Open to School students from 9th to 12th standards engaged in waste management community work.
      • Category-B: Open to College students (UG, PG, Research students) engaged in waste management community work.
      • Category-C: Open to Citizens working in the community and through SHGs, municipal or sanitary workers working beyond specifications of their job requirements/descriptions.
  • Waste to Wealth Mission:

E-waste to Wealth: New Technology (IIT Delhi)

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi has developed a zero-emission technology to manage and recycle e-waste to wealth.
  • The new methodology uses e-waste as an “Urban Mine” for metal recovery and energy production.
    • The e-waste is shredded and pyrolyzed to yield liquid and gaseous fuels, leaving behind a metal-rich solid fraction.
    • On further separation, the leftover solid residue yields a 90-95% pure metal mixture and some carbonaceous materials.
    • The carbonaceous material is further converted to aerogel for oil spillage cleaning, dye removal, carbon dioxide capture, and use in supercapacitors.
  • This technology will cater to the needs of “Smart Cities,” “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan,” and “Atmanirbhar Bharat” initiatives.

Source: PIB

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