HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilisation Centre is working to implement a waste management strategy in 15 municipals of the country within three months.
According to the SWMRMC, which is under the Ministry of Urban Development, attempts to manage waste began about three decades ago. However, only about a dozen municipals, including Kathmandu and Lalitpur, have been dumping waste at landfill sites.
“We have finalised a strategic action plan on waste management for 15 municipals,” said Dr Sumitra Amatya, executive director at the SWMRMC. In five municipalities — Bhimeshwor, Bhimadatta, Baglung, Ghorahi and Janakpur — the implementation of the plan will begin within a month, according to SWMRMC.
The 15 municipals selected for the programme are Bhim Datta, Dhangadhi, Tikapur, Birendranagar, Tulsipur, Ghorahi, Tansen, Lekhnath, Baglung, Bhimeshwor, Dhulikhel, Janakpur, Ilam, Damak and Dhankuta.
The government in cooperation with the UN Habitat had allocated about Rs 30 million for developing the plans, . The SWMRMC hired a joint-venture of Multidisciplinary Pvt Ltd Nepal, DA Nepal and DEVTEC Nepal as consultant for the purpose. After the completion of the action plan, piloting and capacity building of municipal staffers will follow, according to SWMRMC. “The action plan includes waste management awareness, segregation, sustainable management, landfill site identification, 3R policy (reduce, recycle and reuse of waste), biogas and compost plants in the municipalities,” Amatya added.
The municipals will be directly involved in formulating policies for waste management, Amatya said. “The piloting in remaining 10 municipalities will be completed within three months,” she added.
“The municipals and the staffers are yet to be trained on technical knowhow of waste management,” said Amatya. “The three-year project will be a milestone for waste management and will be gradually replicated in all 58 municipals,” she said.
The country has 58 municipals that produce tonnes of waste every day. However, the waste is yet to be utilised properly in the country, although many countries are exploited its potential. About 700 metric tonnes of waste is daily produced in the Kathmandu Valley alone, according to the SWMRMC.
The municipals, which have identified landfill sites, include Pokhara, Dhankuta, Ghorahi, Baglung, Bharatpur, Kamala Mai, Putalibazaar, Ramgram and Birendranagar.