Generally speaking, anyone would refer an object or substance of no use as waste. Instead of defining waste as we define something in Physics, Mathematics, Social Studies, Economics or any other subject, I want to point out its value and impact. Waste is a valuable substance if managed in a proper way, if not it’s a garbage. Appropriate waste management practices haven’t been applied in Nepal yet.
If anything seems to be of no use, then it is dumped in open space, river, or pickup truck or rickshaw. This is the current practice of the majority of household and business in urban areas of Nepal. It’s not difficult to understand this point when we see litter on the street, river banks and in some open spaces. No one would bother what happens to waste after that.
What’s wrong with current practices of waste disposal?
Without any doubt, the way we are disposing waste will have an even more severe impact on health and the environment.
Improper disposal of waste will;
- Make our neighborhood stinky and chances of spreading disease will be high.
- Ends up in a landfill which is the worst case scenario. This is because we dumped the valuable substance. The case doesn’t stop there, the unmanaged landfill will pollute groundwater, attract rats and birds and pollutes the air.
- Effects the health of workers involved in the waste management chain.
- Give a city or country a bad rating.
What can you do?
DO NOT mix organic or bio-waste with other recyclable waste like paper, glass, clothes, plastic. Keep them in a separate bag. This will prevent from contaminating other substance which can be recycled. Read here to know more what will happen if you mix biowaste and recyclables.
You can make compost out of your organic or bio-waste, or you can feed cattle. If both of them is not possible for you then the only thing you will put them in a trash pick-up truck or rickshaw. I repeat keep it separate from the rest of the waste.
Read Recycle Page to know what can you do with paper, glass, metal, plastic. Those recyclables can be sold straight at kawadi khana or to the agent searching for recyclables on streets and gulley.