Although garbage collection had resumed in Kathmandu a few days ago, the major roads of the city are still littered with solid waste.

Kathmandu Metropolitan City had positively intervened for garbage collection that was halted for 18 days and garbage collection started last Wednesday. Despite the resumption, Kalanki, Kalimati and Khasi Bazaar, among other areas and public thoroughfares had mounds of garbage piled up.

Locals of Sisdole Landfill Site in Nuwakot district had objected to the dumping of garbage and garbage collectors had also stopped collecting trash in Kathmandu which led to heaps of uncollected garbage on the road sides and thoroughfares in 18 local units of the district.

The incessant rain had also played spoilsport with garbage collection and dumping process of the metropolis.

According to Hari Kumar Shrestha, Chief of Department of Environment at KMC, all solid waste piled up in various places of Kathmandu will be collected within three days. KMC estimated that 15,000 metric tonnes of garbage had accumulated in various places of Kathmandu during 18 days.

KMC has been collecting around 1,200 metric tonnes of garbage from Kathmandu Valley on a daily basis and disposing it at Sisdole. Kathmandu district alone sees around 500 metric tonnes of waste in a day.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 5 2021, of The Himalayan Times.