Nepal produces one million tones of garbage in a year


September 19, 2022


Nepal produces one million tones of garbage in a year

Garbage collected in Sisdol of Nuwakot district/File Photo

KATHMANDU: As much as one million tonnes of garbage come out of residences and business areas annually in the country, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.

Among those, 386,690 tonnes of wastage are emitted from residential areas while 245,884 tonnes are from business.

Furthermore, 103,244 tonnes of garbages are released from educational institutions and 94,392 tonnes from industrial areas.

Likewise, the health sector contributed to the generation of 101,507 tonnes while 66,220 tonnes of garbage come out from other areas, the Bureau revealed.

A total of 389,983 tonnes of emitted garbage are sent to landfill sites, 315,069 tonnes are dumped on riverbanks and riversides while 22,075 tonnes of garbage are burned down.

Director of the Bureau, Sushil Kumar Sharma, shared that plastic, metal and paper wastages amounting to 8,690 tonnes can be recycled.

Record keeping of the wastages in the local, provincial and federal levels was not up to the international standards, according to the Bureau’s report.

The report suggests capacity enhancement of the professionals and stakeholders working in waste management sector to make statistics on the classification, production and use and reuse in accordance to the international standards.

The Bureau had conducted a survey on wastage production, collection and management in 2076 BS.