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Solid waste management practices at commercial level in Ghandruk, Nepal
Manoj Neupane, Mohan Bahadhur Dangi

Last modified: 2017-09-26

Abstract


This study was conducted in Ghandruk, Nepal with an aim to carry out waste characterization to assess the existing solid waste management (SWM) practices at commercial level and to determine entrepreneurs’ perception in need of nation-wide collaboration with regard to waste management. For waste stream characteristics, waste from 15 hotels and restaurants out of 45 were examined by using simple random sampling techniques for two days on May 28 and 29, 2017.. Additional information was collected through survey questionnaire, public consultation, focus group discussion, and visual observations. Commercial solid waste was made up of 65.79% organic wastes, 19.6% glass, 6.89% plastics, 3.77% paper and paper products, and 2.06% metals. Other constituents were hazardous waste (1.45%), textiles (0.38%), rubber and leather (0.03%), and other wastes (0.02%). Among the respondents, 57% rated existing SWM as good while 36% stated average, and 7% rated as poor. Similarly, regarding to a need of nation-wide organization’s involvement, 64% responded yes while 14% were neutral, and 21% stressed no need of such involvement and existing system could manage waste. Results gives idea about the future complications that may arise due to glass and plastics if they are not addressed timely. Hazardous waste although is in small quantity but needs proper attention. Individual or community level composting could be a better way to address organic waste rather than existing method. Seeing the waste management practices, there is need of nationwide involvement.

Keywords:

Glass

Nationwide

Organic waste


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