The private sector has been working in the field of waste management in Kathmandu for about 20 years. We collect garbage from house to house. However, only a small amount of waste is classified. Other waste goes to the landfill site. One or two companies have also run compost plants.
We are doing everything through the company. Non-governmental organizations like the ones in the media are not involved. Some companies have named the organization to help the workers. However, we deduct the bill through the company and collect the fee from the company itself.
There are 32/35 active companies in Kathmandu district alone. We also charge a fee for garbage collection. Fees are determined by mutual agreement between the householder and us. Now we have heard that some people have complained that they have been charged even when garbage is not collected. But, even if we don’t get up in 15 days, we will get up on the 16th day. So we have to charge for the time when garbage is not picked up.
Companies are now demanding higher tariffs due to rising diesel prices and rising costs. We are preparing to hold a meeting of the Garbage Management Association of Nepal to discuss this. In the past too, we had fixed the fee after discussing with the metropolis. There is still discussion.
We manage the expenses of our office, staff, vehicle, fuel etc. from the raised fee. No one gives us grants, no one helps us. The money raised from the people is everything.
There is not enough land in Kathmandu to separate garbage and sell it. Only one or two companies have leased land and built plants. So many people collect garbage and bring it directly to the landfill site. Land cannot be rented to keep garbage.
There is also talk of a company with foreign investment and technology in waste management. In 2011, the then Waste Management Technical Assistance Center started working to bring in foreign investment in waste management. According to the process, the Investment Board has selected the company and handed over the project development agreement to the Kathmandu Metropolitan Corporation. Accordingly, foreign investment will come in the waste management of the cities of Kathmandu district. Now it would be right to give it to him.
Some even claim that we have created the problem of waste management. We have heard that even those in positions of responsibility are talking about such issues in the media without understanding the issue.
We are constantly engaged in this profession. We have made a great contribution to keep the valley clean. We have agreed with the government, we are ready to pay taxes. There is also a risk of investing heavily while working informally now. We don’t want to increase investment and use technology, but it’s not clear what the state’s policy will be.
The government has selected a company called ‘Knepp West’ to bring in foreign investment in waste management. With the agreement with KNEP West tomorrow, there is a risk that our investment will be in crisis. Considering that, the private sector has not invested with great enthusiasm. Now everyone is working within a certain area.
If KNEP West comes to waste management, it also has the understanding that the existing companies will work on the technical side. Even if he gets a job, we can fit in. In terms of investment and resources, we have also agreed to work as stakeholders. Now the metropolis can make an agreement with Knepp West if it wants.
However, we have assisted in waste management when the metropolis has not been able to work. Remembering that we have helped for 20 years, we have to keep everyone safe in whatever process the corporation brings from tomorrow. We are not a company that manipulates waste management. People who don’t understand sometimes say that they will correct it in the future.
We have tried to rectify the shortcomings in the work we have done. However, in any case, we want new policies, rules, laws and agreements to be made only to accommodate the companies, workers and resources that are currently operating. The government should not ignore the protection of investment and the social contribution we have made so far.
For the scientific management of Kathmandu’s waste, first of all, it should be classified. Organic and inorganic waste should be separated from house to house. This is a must have, for any Affiliate, promoting any program. If all kinds of garbage are disposed in the style of Sisdol, the life of the new landfill site will also be reduced. Only after compost manure is produced from the organic waste collected in the city, the remaining waste should be taken to the landfill site.
(Garbage –Excerpt from an interview with online journalist Rabindra Ghimire with Ghimire, senior vice president of the Sewage Management Association of Nepal.
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