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The EU Ambassador to Nepal, H.E. Ms. Rensje TEERINK and the newly elected Mayor of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), Mr. Bidya Sundar SHAKYA jointly inaugurated the installation of the 'bio-methanation' plant at Teku amidst a function organized on 27 June, 2017. The plant has been installed under the EU supported project 'Promoting Integrated Sustainable Solid Waste Management Project in Nepal'.
The three year project, which kicked off in 2014 April 1st has come to completion in end of March 2017. It has been successful in achieving the envisaged results of installing a bio-methanation plant for recycling up to 3 metric tons of organic wastes per day at the Teku transfer station and thereby contributing to improve the city environment.
The overall objective of the project was to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Environment Management Department (EMD) of KMC to promote integrated sustainable solid waste management, demonstrate prototype bio-methanation plant of 3 MT.
"I am pleased to see that the project has successfully achieved the results of demonstrating the best practice of integrated solid waste management through the installation of the bio-methanation plant and through the raising of widespread public awareness on the importance of focusing on recycling of organic wastes rather than sending them to the landfill sites," Ambassador TEERINK said in her speech during the ceremony.
She added that Integrated Solid Waste Management and rapid transition to green economy have been duly prioritized by the European Union in its Member States and in places where it has extended support to redress environmental hazards.
Ambassador TEERINK hoped that the best practices of the project would be replicated in other cities of Nepal where appropriate in order to contribute to addressing the issue of solid waste management, which is a vexing problem in many cities around Nepal.
Addressing the function, Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), Mr. Bidya Sundar SHAKYA expressed that several issues in Kathmandu could be resolved once the waste of the city is managed properly. He also expressed that it is the responsibility of the local residents to keep their premises and surroundings clean.
Speaking at the same function, Deputy Mayor, Mrs. Hari prabha KHADGI SHRESTHA stated that waste management is one of the major challenges faced by Kathmandu and modern technologies are required in order to manage the waste of the cities in Nepal.
Executive Officer of KMC, Mr. Eshor Raj Poudel informed that the bio-methanation plant has been producing electricity, fertilizers and processed water. He further explained that the success with the plant has set an example in the utilizing waste to generate electricity; "Waste to Energy"