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WASH NEWS DIGEST, October 31, 2011  [ back ]
Date: 2011-10-31 00:00:00

WASH WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST
Vol.5 No. 281, October 31, 2011


Dear Readers,

Waste segregation is the important component of waste management. It is a laudable move by the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) to enforce segregation of organic and non-organic waste from homes. It has been reported that the waste will not be collected from homes that don’t segregate it and take action against the people who throw garbage recklessly without segregating them.
It seems that the KMC has not done necessary homework before enforcing such move. People are still unaware about this move and much importantly people do not have separate bins for segregating waste. It is very important that people have two separate bins to segregate organic and non-organic waste and they should also know how to segregate and manage the two types of waste.
This is certainly a challenge for the KMC and it should launch massive awareness raising campaigns for waste management at source by segregation. The KMC can coordinate with the local communities and clubs to organize awareness raising programmes on waste segregation. Similarly, it would be an icing on the cake if the KMC could provide compost bins at subsidized rate and teach the people at the local level to compost degradable waste. This will certainly decrease the amount of waste to be transferred to the landfill site and save the resources of KMC, which can be used for improving other services of KMC.


NGO Forum for Urban Water & Sanitation


KATHMANDU VALLEY

Waste collection drive soon
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Monday, 31 October 2011
Kathmandu: Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) is all set to enforce segregation of waste from homes soon. According to KMC, it has recently approved a directive in line with the Waste Management Act-2011 to manage waste in the metropolis. “As per the directive, people will segregate organic and non-organic waste at their homes,” said Shanta Ram Pokhrel, chief at the Environment Management Department, KMC.

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Transfers in KUKL
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Wednesday, 26 October 2011
By: Diwakar Mainali

Kathmandu: Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) Management has transferred more than 30 employees all of a sudden. Employees’ unions have staged agitation following the transfer of employees affiliated with the unions close to Nepali Congress and Communist Party of Nepal.

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Everest waste recycle plan
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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Lalitpur: The Solid Waste Management and Technical Support Centre (SWMTSC) is planning to use a sustainable technology to dispose waste in the Everest region. The waste collected from the Everest region has been openly burnt in Namche. Burning of plastics is highly dangerous to environment.

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Panel to check waste anomalies
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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Kathmandu: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City has formed a committee to monitor the public attitude of throwing garbage haphazardly. The KMC formed a seven-member committee following a directive to implement the Solid Waste Management Act-2011. The order authorises KMC officials to charge up to Rs 1,000 on the basis of the quantity of garbage spilled on public places, said Rabin Man Shrestha, chief of Environment Management Division at the KMC.

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NATIONAL

Kapilvastu municipality covered in garbage‚ sewerage
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Monday, 31 October 2011
Taulihawa: Lack of waste and sewage management and clean-up programmes are taking their toll on Kapilvastu municipality. Non-management of waste and lack of sanitation have turned the four-decade-old municipality into a stinking city. Pedestrians have to cover their nose while walking on the streets of Kaiplvastu’s headquarters Taulihawa.

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Report card testing on water governance
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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Biratnagar: Citizen Action Forum Biratnagar has collected feedback from the citizens about the situation of water governance in Biratnagar Sub Metropolis. Citizen Action Forum had called the citizens to provide their feedback on different issues including public participation, transparency and accountability of Nepal Water Supply Corporation and Biratnagar Sub Metropolis in water distribution.

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INTERNATIONAL

Waste treatment to go micro in city
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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

ImageThiruvananthapuram, India: Five agencies, shortlisted for providing solid waste treatment units such as biogas plants, vermin-compost, and ring compost to city households, demonstrated their products at a meeting chaired by Mayor K. Chandrika here on Saturday. The initiative is part of the decentralised garbage treatment project of the city Corporation.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Collect water tariff dues
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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

It has been reported that many government offices in the Kathmandu Valley have not cleared their long outstanding water bills. Even the Prime Minister’s Office and the Supreme Court are in the tariff defaulters’ list. The tariff dues payable by government offices amount to a whopping Rs. 110 million. This is only the 10 percent of the total tariff dues to be collected by the water utility. In totality, the water utility Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) has to collect over Rs. 1 billion from its customers.

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