Plan to levy waste mgmt surcharge on manufacturers

- GAURAV THAPA, Kathmandu

Jul 2, 2015-

The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has proposed handing over the task of waste management of the metropolis to private firms which will also have the authority to charge service fee to manufacturers of goods for proper disposal of discarded items.

According to the KMC proposal forwarded to the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, private waste management companies would directly

collect service fees from both domestic and foreign manufacturers of consumer goods and electronic items.

The surcharge fee would be determined based on the weight and the nature of goods. For items manufactured outside the country, the KMC has proposed collecting the surcharge from the local suppliers.

The Solid Waste Management Act (2011) already has the provision of collecting surcharge for items which are difficult to dispose such as plastic wrappers, glass, batteries and electronic goods.

“We are merely asking the government to implement the provision to ensure effective and environment-friendly management of solid waste,” said Gyanendra Karki, chief of the KMC Environment Management Division.

Karki believes that it is high time that the government introduced a policy to improve the solid waste management capacity starting from the Capital city.

“If the proposal is approved, we will invite a tender for the selection of suitable firms, sort out the technical issues, and go into the new system by October of this year,” said Karki.

 

Published: 03-07-2015 08:01

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