Last Updated:  08/09/2023

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Project Pitch By: Saahas


Proposed Project Title

Construction & Demolition (C&D) waste management- Hyderabad


Thematic Area

Ensuring environmental sustainability, ecological balance, wildlife & natural resources conservation

Sub Thematic Area

Recycling & Waste Management

Project Synopsis

India generates 150 million tonnes of C&D waste per year and only 1% of this goes for recycling. Most of this waste ends up in landfills, lakes, riverbeds, roadside etc. thus making C&D waste a major environmental concern and an eye sore. Through this project we propose to manage C&D waste in Hyderabad, which generates approximately 5000 tonnes of C&D waste per day. Recognising the need to manage this crisis, GHMC (Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation) has set up two processing plants at Jeedimetla and Fathullaguda and has planned two more at Shamshabad and Shamirpet. Due to the lack of awareness among stakeholders C&D waste continues being disposed of irresponsibly. There is an urgent need to create awareness among stakeholders regarding management of C&D waste. This will lead to large quantities of C&D waste getting recycled/reused thus bringing in circularity in this stream of waste.

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
INR 0.6 Cr - INR 1.0 Cr
Proposed Location
Hyderabad, NCR

Key Project Partners
Municipal Corporation

Project Status


Beneficiary Type (Primary): General
Beneficiary Type (Secondary):
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: 1000 and above Families
Status of Baseline Survey: Yet To Be Done

Proposed Project Description


Necessity of the project:

A guideline document issued by CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) in 2017 for management of Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste mentions that the city of Hyderabad generates approximately 5000 tonnes of C&D waste per day. Most of the waste generated ends up in the  lakes, riverbeds, roadsides and open plots. In order to manage this C&D waste, GHMC (Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation) has set up two processing plants earlier at Jeedimetla (2020) and Fathullaguda (2021) with 500 TPD processing capacities each. GHMC is coming up with two more processing plants for Shamshabad and Shamirpet circles in the licensee model where the licensee will be responsible for collection and processing of C&D waste generated in the specified areas. 

Due to the lack of awareness about the appropriate management techniques and proper disposal options for C&D waste, citizens and other stakeholders tend to continue with the linear process of dumping the C&D waste in vacant areas rather than disposing responsibly by sending the waste for further  processing/recycling. This suggests a necessity for continuous awareness creation through which behavioural change among citizens/stakeholders regarding management of C&D waste can be achieved. This will lead to larger quantities of C&D waste being recycled/reused thus bringing in circularity in this stream of waste.

Objective of the project:

The Ministry of  Environment, Forest and Climate Change notified the Construction & Demolition Waste Management Rules, 2016. The rules are an initiative to effectively tackle the issues of pollution caused by the C&D wastes.  

According to  the above mentioned rule, following are some of the duties of waste Generators:

  • Every waste generator shall segregate construction and demolition waste and deposit at collection centre or handover it to the authorised processing facilities
  • Shall ensure that there is no littering or deposition so as to prevent obstruction to the traffic or the public or drains.
  • Large generators (who generate more than 20 tons or more in one day or 300 tons per project in a month) shall submit waste management plan and get appropriate approvals from the local authority before starting construction or demolition or remodelling work,
  • Large generators shall pay relevant charges for collection, transportation, processing and disposal as notified by the concerned authorities;
  • To ensure these duties are carried out properly there needs to be a proper system in place for collection, transportation and processing. Through this project we propose to provide that missing link between duties and responsible disposal of C&D wastes.
  • The main objective of the project will be to build an ecosystem for handling C&D wastes responsibly. This will be achieved through- 
  • Creating awareness about responsible disposal of C&D waste among citizens and different stakeholders in the GHMC area limits through various mediums of outreach activities like awareness sessions, social media awareness and meetings etc. through which a circular economy can be achieved in C&D waste processing.
  • Setting up a reliable C&D waste collection system, which in turn will facilitate a steady flow of waste to keep the units up and running.



The project intends to target various stakeholders associated with the generation, collection and processing of C&D waste in the specified area which includes both bulk and non bulk generators. Mentioned below are some of the stakeholders:


  • Citizens in the circles (RWAs and individuals)
  • Building Contractors (Governmental / Non governmental)
  • Architects
  • Civil engineers
  • C&D waste recycler
  • GHMC
  • Vendors transporting C&D waste 



Probable Methodology: 

Project will focus on behavioural changes in the stakeholders through various mediums like: 

  • Awareness meetings with citizens and other stakeholders.
  • Circulation of IECs (Information, Education, Communication) material regarding proper C&D waste management through Social Media, RWA networks, Contractor networks etc.
  • Workshops for stakeholders (government tender holders, bulk project architects etc.)
  • Information stall setup in places with high footfall. 
  • Coordination with the C&D recyclers for collection of the C&D waste.

Monitoring & Evaluation: 

 Information on parameters such as outreach, amount of waste collected, number of collections, total beneficiaries etc. will be regularly collected for monitoring and evaluation purposes.  


Desired outcome:

With more awareness about the different aspects of C&D waste management among the stakeholders in the project location, better treatment of C&D waste through proper disposal by the generator can be achieved. This in turn will result in diverting the C&D waste from being dumped in the landfills/vacant areas and channelizing the waste into proper processing facilities. This waste in turn  can be converted into recycled products which can be utilised again thus  reducing dependence on virgin natural resources and creating a circular system which is sustainable. 


Salient Features

  1. This project will help in responsible disposal of C&D wastes, thus keeping the city clean and reducing the waste going to landfills.
  2. Recycling and reuse of this waste will ensure circularity of C&D wastes and help generate green jobs.
  3. This will ensure sustainability by reducing the dependence on limited natural resources like sand

About Saahas


Saahas is a not for profit organization. It was registered in 2001 under the Karnataka Societies Act of 1960 as one of the first non-governmental organizations working in the waste sector. 

At Saahas, we believe that when waste is managed at source, it becomes a resource. Since 2001, we have been helping build communities across rural and urban India that manage their waste at source by reducing, reusing, and recycling their waste and achieving 90% resource recovery. 

Saahas is headquartered in Bangalore and has a regional office at Gurgaon. 

Saahas is present in 12 states, 23 Districts, 14 Urban centers, 383 villages, and has 245 staff. We have influenced waste to the amount of 94 TPD and set up 28 decentralized waste processing units.



India to become a leading Circular Economy where Nothing is Waste.


  • Pilot innovative resource management programs.
  • Collaborate closely with communities, administrators, businesses and lawmakers.
  • Evolve the next practices for adoption of the Circular Economy

Our offerings and services are aligned with the following UN SDGs

 #3 (Good Health and Well-Being ), #11(Sustainable Cities and Communities), #12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and #13 (Climate Action)



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