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Draft of Solid Waste Management Act prepared Print E-mail
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Sunday, 27 April 2008

Lalitpur: The Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilisation Centre has prepared a draft of 'Solid Waste Management Act' for managing increasing garbage in the city. The Act is being drafted for sustainable management of garbage and to minimize the negative impacts of garbage on environment and public health.

Legal officer of the Centre Dipendra Oli informed that the draft of new act is prepared as only the local self governance act could not work efficiently to manage garbage. The Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilization Act, 2044 was inactivated after the Local Self Governance Act was implemented.
It is proposed in the draft that the local agency will manage garbage under the public and private partnership concept. The draft Act has provisions for segregation of garbage according to its nature and for managing hazardous, industrial, medical and domestic wastes accordingly. Provisions of complete responsibility to local bodies and strict punishment have also been proposed in the draft for effective monitoring system. It is stated in the Act that the person or agency littering elsewhere than the fixed place will be fined Rs. 15,000 for the first time, Rs. 25,000 for the second and Rs. 50,000 for the third time.
Stating that there is not much achievement in sanitation sector in Nepal till date, chief technical advisor of UN-HABITAT Dr. Roshan Raj Shrestha told that legal management should be effective for managing garbage.
UN-HABITAT has been contributing technical and financial assistance to operate different programmes in drinking water and sanitation sector in partnership with Nepal Government and other non-governmental organizations. UN-HABITAT has provided US $ 9500 to Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilisation Centre for preparing domestic solid waste management standards. It is said that garbage management, a challenge for urban area, will be effective from the programme. 

Source: Rajdhani, April 16; Gorkhapatra, April 17, 2008 

 
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