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Total Cost (EUR): 382 584.34
EU contracted amount (EUR): 306 067.47
Duration: March 2014 - February 2017
Implementing organisation: KATHMANDU METROPOLITAN CITY OFFICE
Funding Instrument: Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI)
Benefitting zone: Nepal
Mrs Saraswoti Shahi (70 years), Member of Save Environment Group
With the increase in population and urbanisation, municipal waste has become a major challenge to the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC). The Government of Nepal has taken various initiatives to solve solid waste management (SWM) related problems in the past but SWM has become a major challenge due to rapid population growth and urbanisation, and the municipal solid waste management has given inadequate attention by the government and the municipal authority concerned. The project aims at improving institutional capacity of the KMC in solid waste management policies, programmes and practices by serving a role model of an integrated sustainable solid waste management with strong motivation of replication at larger scale in the future, and cultivating source separation, reuse and proper collection of wastes at source and other initiatives to improving institutional capacity of the KMC.
Managing solid waste as a community
The project will install a full functional prototype bio-methanation plant with the capacity of 3 metric tons (MT) organic waste per day at solid waste transfer station in Teku, Kathmandu. The installation of bio-methanation plant will contribute to convert waste to energy and improve environmental conditions of Kathmandu by management of municipal wastes. It will protect the city from a degrading and unaesthetic environment, haphazard dumping of wastes, irritating smells etc.
It is creating save environment groups (SEGs) with local dwellers and mobilising existing local groups, clubs, schools, etc. to conduct regular interactions and meetings with community people for the management of solid wastes in order to improve the environment, as well as to demonstrate sustainable solid waste management practices.
The project encourages and trains to use 3R principles (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) of SWM practices. This approach is promoted to reduce the increasing costs associated with transfer of wastes to limited landfill sites and its management.