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Fine of Rs.50,000 if hospital waste disposed at Bancharedanda


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2023 Feb 28, 8:58, Kathmandu
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Kathmandu Metropolitan City has imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on those who bring hospital-related harmful waste to Bancharedanda, the final waste disposal site.

Rabinman Shrestha, Head of the KAMPA Environment Department, informed that Sunaulo Parivar Nepal in Kampa-5 was fined Rs.50,000.

According to him, we will take action against anyone who takes the waste to the site which is prohibited by law. All types of hospital waste management have been banned at that location. The department says that the said waste is more harmful than other general waste.

For the past seven months, the waste of 18 local levels of Kathmandu Valley, including KAMPA, is being managed at the Bancharedanda site, where only general waste can be managed. Since hospital waste is considered harmful, the producers themselves have to purify it and turn it into normal waste. After that, there is a provision that can be taken through the normal process. Not only the waste coming out of the hospital, but KAMPA is also preparing to bring all other types of waste by classifying them at the source. Even though KAMPA started this arrangement last July, it has not been implemented effectively.

Even if the waste is classified at the source and finally managed, now only in some wards, the waste is sorted, while in some wards, all the waste is being managed in one place.

Out of the total 32 wards of the metropolis, except for the inner nine wards, waste management is being done in collaboration with private companies. The classification scheme has been implemented in all the wards but has not been implemented.

Every day, 1,200 metric tons of garbage from the valley are being managed in Bancharedanda. According to the Garbage Management Act issued by the government in 2068 and the Environment and Natural Resources Protection Act issued by the Kathmandu Metropolitan City in 2077, there is a legal provision to fine those who do not fulfill their obligations for urban sanitation and hygiene. In the law, there is a provision that the producer is responsible for separating the waste at the source.

Since last week, Kampa has started making compost from rotting waste at the transfer station in Teku. The goal of managing rotting waste in the valley itself is not immediate. KAMPA believes that the production of fertilizer by classifying waste at the source will help greatly when the amount of waste produced is increasing and there are problems in management. There is a problem from time to time due to a lack of space when all the waste has to be managed in one place without the classification of waste. It is said that Kampa will start making fertilizers in all 32 wards.

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