Solid Waste Management Program
Turning household waste into energy and additional income
The enterprise seeks to enhance environmental conservation while generating income from recycled household waste, mainly in Kathmandu Valley. Women are provided with business and waste management training and access to micro-credit loans, and are encouraged to form conservation groups across the country.
Operated solely by women, the enterprise collects household waste and generates income by recycling it using efficient techniques. Organic waste is separated from the rest and turned into compost and bio-gas,often locally at the sites where the waste is generated. Paper is remolded into craft products. The enterprise organises public events on waste management and the environment and supports the establishment of "eco-clubs" in schools. It also provides consultancy and training related to waste management.
Women Environment Preservation Committee (WEPCO) a local NGO, provides financial and technical support for the initiative.
Lalitpur Sub Metropolitan City provides financial and technical input and represents the initiative’s interests at a government level.
UNDP-GEF SGP Nepal provides working capital for increasing waste collection campaigns, community activities and biogas production.
Asia Foundation Nepal provides funds and facilities for training in addition to legal advice.
Local communities support the initiative through the formation of “eco-clubs” which promote environmental awareness and active involvement in the community.