Clean up Nepal organised a half day interactive workshop on “Sustainable Waste Management” at Rangjung Yeshe Institute, Boudha on Sunday 23 July 2017. The Institute is a large beautiful campus which serves as a Centre for Kathmandu University’s Buddhist Studies.
To address the ongoing waste management problems of the institute, Clean up Nepal felt the need to create awareness and provide appropriate solutions to effectively manage solid waste generated within the campus. The employees and students were unaware of waste management practices, its impact on health and environment. It was essential for us to brainstorm their existing knowledge on the subject and we found that segregation and burning waste were top challenges. Through pictures, we highlighted adverse effects of burning waste on health and on Kathmandu Valley and reiterated that burning is never a solution. We introduced segregation as a primary solution and its urgent need in order to reduce the devastating landfill mass of Kathmandu. This was followed by a group activity on types of waste and categories in segregation, using the segregation bins and flash cards. It was an enlightening and engaging experience as they learnt about the importance of segregation and worked together segregating every piece of waste.
As they learnt that our major chunk of waste is organic, we introduced composting as another solution. The gardeners and housekeeping staff were particularly interested and shared their challenges in composting. We took them through simple methods of box composting and its benefits. Given their large space and availability of 3 large pits, we suggested passively aerated windrow composting which involved insertion of aerated pipes and allowing time to mature. Their willingness to adapt to solutions was clearly seen as they had dug the compost pits and purchased segregation bins.
Overall, the students and staff showed eagerness to learn and establish an effective and efficient waste management system requesting Clean up Nepal’s team to follow up to share best practices.
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