Time to prioritise city waste mgmt

Up to 70 percent of the waste generated in Kathmandu Valley is degradable which could be turned into compost, but no investment nor any efforts have been made to that end, according to the Solid Waste Management Technical Support Centre.The centre officials have suggested taking a sustainable approach to effectively handle the garbage generated at household as well as at industrial level. Informing the Parliamentary Committee on Environment Protection about ways to manage waste on Friday, the centre officials said segregation of degradable and non-degradable wastes before disposing them is a key component of sustainable waste management.Sumitra Amatya, the centre’s chief, said although the Solid Waste Management Act already envisions separating wastes at the source level, it has yet to be implemented.“The problem of solid waste management is turning serious in Kathmandu and other cities in lack of public involvement as well as alternatives to manage wastes at household and institutional level,” she said.The act also states that only 10 percent of the total waste generate by a city should be sent to a designated landfill site for disposal. In case of Kathmandu Valley, however, nearly 85 of the total waste generated is being transported to landfill site.Duman Thapa, a lawmaker representing the parliamentary committee, said that the involvement of private sector to encourage Public-Private Partnership is essential for sustainable waste management.

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