Association acting for the cleaning of waste in Nepal, the education of children and the reduction of air pollution
Interested in waste management and the environment, but more importantly, the intern must understand the local context. This organization needs passionate and skilled workers.
We met Amod in Katmandu, in the office of Clean Up Nepal. He is a board member and works on this project full time.
This association was founded by Dr Neelam Pradhananga after her studies in Sydney where she discovered the clean up movement. Doing here PhD on Nepali culture, she went to Nepal and was shocked by the amount of trash in the streets. She started clean ups in 2011 and got associated with World Clean Up Day in 2013.
On the first clean up day in 2014, she was expecting 500 people. But 15,000 came. It showed the concern of the Nepali people.
Nepal’s waste management system
One of the first thing Clean Up Nepal had to do was to understand the local system.
Kathmandu’s waste is handled by two major stakeholders:
- More than 33 private companies go around Kathmandu and collect the waste. They segregate it and sell what can be sold. You have to pay for a membership card (260 NPR per kitchen being 2,09€) so your waste is collected monthly. This subscription is mandatory so some companies help the police identify the people still burning their waste to make them new members of their collection system.
- Informal workers also do door-to-door waste collection. They pay to pick up the recyclable waste that can be sold to recycling companies.
These two systems are in good cohabitation for now and many households are using both simultaneously. Clean Up Nepal works with the municipality to find a way to make people segregate their waste. Doing so, more waste could be recycled, the membership could be cheaper and the pickups could be more frequent.