Kathmandu Valley generates 1,200 tonnes of waste daily, most of which is biodegradable and can be turned into valuable compost or gasified. Plastic, glass and metal can be recycled to reduce the volume being dumped at landfill sites.
Mayor Balen is trying to address this, but first he needs to clear the streets of accumulated trash by transporting it to the new landfill site at Banchare, 27km west of Kathmandu.
“The solid waste system we have is just collecting and dumping, not processing and management,” explains environmentalist Shilshila Acharya. “We are landfill-dependent, which means that if roads are blocked by rains or politics, it affects waste collection in Kathmandu.”
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