Waste Management in Shankharapur is optimistic, improvement in just 8 months with the help of locals!

The interest shown by Shankarapur Municipality towards the waste management of its area is being positive. The municipality in public-private partnership with Blue Waste to Value Pvt. Ltd., agreed to manage both the organic and inorganic waste generated rather than to transfer or dump. The project was initiated in last Shrawan and about 30 metric tons of waste was collected from ward no. 6 and 7 which was properly managed, said the CEO of Blue Waste to Value Pvt. Ltd.  Also he said that, the waste management started as pilot project in  two wards of Shankharapur municipality have been practiced positively.  He also said, “local government, citizens and stakeholders should cooperate with each other to manage the daily waste  generation.” Along with the setup and practice of the waste management system, the responsibility and awareness among the pubic of that wards also  have been increased significantly. 
“Despite of having a rural environment, the municipality is facing waste management issues and the wastes are being thrown haphazardly in public  places, open grounds as well as in the forests which is why the municipality partnered with Blue Waste to Value Pvt. Ltd”, said the Municipal Officer  Suwarna Shrestha. 

He also said that the cleanliness program is being carried out in ward no. 9 as requested by the locals after noting a good impact of the waste  management in ward no 6 and 7.He added that, in the present scenario of increasing disposal of the waste in landfill site with the tag of so called management, he is influenced by the waste management concept of Blue Waste to Value, its working model and good management practices. 
The active participation of Shankarapur municipality in waste management is being praised specially when the situation is bounded with the negligence of local bodies towards waste management issues. Compost Production Plant is established and operated in the land provided by the municipality. So far, only 700 kg of waste is transferred to landfill site which is also the reason why this project is regarded a successful one, said Nabin Bikash Maharjan, CEO of Blue Waste to Value Pvt. Ltd.

The locals of Ward No. 9, which have about 850 houses, have also been inspired by the waste management practices in the neighbor wards.
One of the locals, Gyanu Shrestha said, its necessary to make the house and society hygienic and clean instead of being victim of different diseases from the improperly administered waste management. He also mentioned that it is beneficial for spending 150 rupees in waste management rather than spending thousands or millions in the treatment of health reform caused by the same. Shankarapur with its natural heritage and religious importance is believed to increase the flow of internal and external tourists if it is able to make its cities and villages clean. 

Daily Waste Management: Self to financial satisfaction
A lot of people were enjoying the work of waste management in the operating center established by Blue Waste to Value Pvt. Ltd. in collaboration with Shankharapur Municipality. Coordinator Saroj Shrestha said that the people who used to have narrow mindset toward waste and waste management also started to reflect waste management, a respectful job like other professions. According to him, it is totally wrong to think that the people who are illiterate and poor are only the people who are engaged in waste management works because despite of holding a bachelor’s degree, he is working for a waste management company which is giving him the social reputation and a financial benefit as well.

The prevailed practice of only the discussions, but not even a small consideration in a real work in waste management issue have led to more problems, said Mr. Maharjan, CEO of Blue Waste to Value Pvt. Ltd. He also said that the provision of personal security, uniform, monthly salary, health insurance and many other attractive managements have also inspired the local people to work. Regardless of operating the waste management system in a rural environment where people usually have negative thoughts towards the waste, the organization is able to change the perception of people and about 15 people are respectfully made engaged and empowered. 
Rupa Shrestha, who have been engaged in agriculture in past is now engaged in waste management work which provided her not only the financial assistance but also a comparatively easy work. She said that physical hard work is not required in waste management work in compare to agricultural works, so after crossing 50 years of age she chose the very field. Monthly stipend of rupees thirteen thousand and other facilities have made her easy to run her daily economy. She also requested all the locals to segregate the organic and inorganic waste in the source of generation.

In the name of so called management of waste like transferring to dumping site, or burning or disposing off in pit and applying many other environmentally hazardous solutions, various local governments are likely to be able to learn from this retention of Shankharapur Municipality and Blue Waste to Value. 
Waste management itself is a continuous process and it is impossible without an active participation of public. If all 753 local governments start thinking about the feasible waste management solutions, technology and thoughts, the waste would rather be a source of income than a havoc.