Apr 072013
 

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KATHMANDU, Jan 23: While the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) is preparing to draft a guideline to charge garbage producers, some institutions and firms have already started to pay the KMC for the garbage produced by them.

According to the KMC Environment Division Chief Rabin Man Shrestha, Hotel Soaltee, European Union, Bir Hospital and Patan Hospital have already started paying the KMC for the waste. KMC is already earning Rs 50,000 per month from these organizations.
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Apr 072013
 

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With the introduction of the Sahari Gharelu Biogas Plan (SGBP), Kathmandu Valley residents will no longer have to tolerate foul smells and the sight of household solid waste strewn on the streets. The SGBP, an upgraded version of biogas technology designed for urban cities, will use compostable waste generated from households to generate bioenergy for cooking and lightening purposes. Continue reading »

Apr 072013
 

(This article was published in The Kathmandu Post on 08 Jan 2013.)

Manish Gautam

JAN 08 –

Rajesh Karki, a Bir Hospital paramedic, recalls the time when hazardous medical waste, including syringes, bloody cotton swabs, used plasters and wraps, were mixed together haphazardly and discarded like so much household waste to be taken away by a municipality vehicle. Apart from the foul smells emanating from such waste, dissected organs and foetuses were a normal sight on hospital premises.

However, things have changed in the last three years. “All the 26 wards and the emergency area have multi-coloured bins where different kinds of waste are collected and properly managed,” Karki said. “Everyone feels the difference now.”

The country’s oldest hospital, on July 20, 2010, launched a medical waste management programme, which has since become an example for the country. The hospital administration, with support from Health Care Foundation-Nepal (HECAF), started the programme to properly manage and dispose of hazardous medical waste that had long been finding its way into community landfills. Continue reading »

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The Ministry of Local Development (MoLD) is preparing an action plan to give local bodies authority to ban use of plastic bags.
“We are preparing a waste management action plan that allows local bodies to ban plastic bags,” said Dipendra Oli, legal officer at Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilisation Centre under MoLD. “The plan will be finalised within the current fiscal year,” he said today at a programme ‘Perspectives and Challenges of Solid Waste Management in Kathmandu Valley’ organised by Youth Network for Social and Environmental Development. Oli said it would be easier for municipalities to ban plastic bags. “Our attempt to include the policy in the law failed with plastic business entrepreneurs influencing the government,” he said, adding “They pay a huge amount in tax on plastic bags.” Continue reading »
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