1 million tonnes of garbage produced in a year in Nepal


Kathmandu: As much as one million tonnes of garbage come out of residences and business areas annually in the country, according to statistics released by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Sunday.    
Among those, 386,690 tonnes of wastages 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, health sector contributed in generation of 101,507 tonnes while 66,220 toones of garbage come out from other areas, the Bureau revealed.    
A total of 389,983 tonnes of emitted garbage are sent to landfill site, 315,069 tonnes are dumped in riverbanks and riverside 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 upto 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.