Recycle is the process of collection and processing of the waste into a new product. Recycling involves the manufacturing of brand new products from waste.

Recycling in urban areas  in Nepal is gradually gaining popularity but in general, recycling efficiency is not satisfying. The inefficiency is due to lack of legislation and awareness about the benefits of recycling. 

It seems that recycling is not emphasized even by the Solid Waste Management Act 2068(2011). Recycling rate depends on consumers attitude. There are no mandatory recycling obligations. Following excerpt is taken from the Solid Waste Management Act 2068(2011)

“Local body may take necessary steps to encourage the reduction, re-use and recycling use of solid waste, by issuing necessary directives for its effective implementation”. 

What can be recycled

It’s crucial to know what exactly can and can’t be recycled. Before recycling gets wrong it is important to know the recyclables.

According to companies involved in recycling business in Nepal glass, paper (newspaper, books magazine), cardboard, plastic bottles, metal, e-waste can be recycled if they are clean and not contaminated with organic or food waste.

How can we recycle

Save your stuff for the scrap collector who comes door to door asking for recyclable. Definitely, if you have a decent amount of recyclables you will be handed good money in return. 

If you couldn’t find the guy at your door during your availability then you may choose to drop your recyclables to your closest recycling center or scrap collection centers. They will happily accept your recyclable. 

Alternatively, there are companies established with good motives for environmental conservation. You can book for the agent to come to your door for receiving recyclables. This is a much more organized way to recycle. I would say that scrap collector might not take everything or the small amount you want to give away because they are more profit oriented. They won’t care or may be unaware of their contribution to environmental conservation. But those companies such as Doko Recyclers,BW2V, Khaalisisi typically established for reducing and managing waste more environmentally friendly way might have some solution. 

Benefits of recycling

Job creation, increment in economic activities and healthy environment along with saving of  natural resources being harvested for fresh raw materials by recycling are some of the benefits. There are multiple benefits of recycling:

a. reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill.

b. helps to save water and energy.

c. help for the conservation of natural resources.

 d. helps to create a job.

e. helps to reduce pollution.

Despite inconsistency in the quality of recycled materials, recycling is financially and environmentally beneficial.

What if you do not choose to recycle?

As stated earlier there is no regulatory restriction on recycling. Everything you do is at your own will. But Let’s see what will happen if you don’t choose or bother recycling.

Every substance so-called waste has a value. Something new can be made out of it. If you don’t choose to recycle, they will end up in a landfill. In this way, we lost materials with monetary value. On the other hand, poorly managed landfill creates even worst problem such as spreading disease, polluting groundwater, harming biodiversity and much more. When we loose materials companies will destroy nature for fresh raw materials, which is obviously not a good thing for the environment.

Choosing to recycle is always a win-win situation for everyone in society. So opt to recycle and help to save the environment.