KATHMANDU, JUL 12 –
The Kathmandu Metropolitan City is intensifying its campaign against haphazard waste management in hospitals and hotels from the new fiscal year. The metropolis authority has drafted a regulation with mechanisms to examine the waste management practices adopted by hospitals and hotels.
The mechanisms will focus on issues like waste segregation, storage, maintaining records of produced wastes, reuse of the degradable wastes, use of international signs and expert staffs to manage trashes and develop a system to produce compost fertiliser from wastes. “We have already designed the inspection process. Once the council approves the mechanisms, we will intensify our campaign,” said Rabindra Man Shrestha of KMC ’s Environment Division. “Our main focus would be the hospitals as these are the places that require adequate sanitation,” said Shrestha. According to the KMC , hotels have been found more responsible as they only produce organic wastes.
With the waste management campaign, the KMC also plans to inspect small and big industries based in the Capital. “The hospitals and industries are the main sources of various kinds of wastes and if the not managed properly, it can invite dreadful circumstances,” said KMC chief Laxman Aryal.
“We just want to ensure if the institutions have been separating the bio degradable waste from the non-degradable ones,” said Aryal. He also said that the KMC has just been issuing warnings and only under extreme conditions have been charging penalty at the moment.
Starting last week, the KMC is inspecting various hospitals and hotels. Sahid Memorial Hospital, Tilganga Eye Hospital, Om Hospital, Medicare Hospital and Sahid Memorial Hospital are among them. Tilganga was also slapped a fine of Rs 30,000 for straying the hazardous wastes like gauges and syringes.
The KMC has requested the hotels to harvest rainwater and use organic food as hotels consume a huge amount of water on a daily basis. It is also
necessary for a hospital to immediately destroy waste that its each ward produces so that it doesn’t get mixed. The Waste Management Act 2068 authorises the KMC to impose a penalty up to Rs 500,000 with three months imprisonment.
Posted on: 2013-07-12 08:31