Sharing of You.Com volunteers at TUDE, Nepal

On March 7 and 8, volunteers were taken for refreshment to Kakani, near by side hills of Kathmandu valley. The objectives were to create good cooperation and fill the communication gap among team of TUDE and volunteers from Romania and Turkey. So, that in coming days TUDE could successfully work on its activities. It was also very necessary to understand Nepal and its Environment, people and Culture. So, on various days, and evening time they were also taken to different Heritage Sites of Kathmandu valley.

Summary of Waste Management Scenario in Nepal Presentation, 9 march 2017.

All volunteers gave presentation on the scenario of waste management in their respective country. Shrija Tuladhar (one of the local volunteer) gave presentation on waste management of Nepal focusing on Kathmandu valley. She further explained “To talk about solid waste management in Nepal, the management status is not good. There are solid waste management acts, waste management strategies and policies but unfortunately they are not implemented properly. The main cause of waste problem in Nepal is due to the haphazardly increasing population in the urban areas like in Kathmandu, lack of proper management and implementation plans by the government and lack of awareness among the public. But now as awareness is being spread the municipalities have joined hands with communities and private sector for cost effective and efficient management ways.”

Waste management in Romania

The presentation was given by two volunteers side by side, Dragos and Ina. They further explained “Romania has a fairly good waste management especially in the urban and nearby areas, thus keeping the populated areas clean. This is less true for lashure places in nature where on the river banks an not only we can see lots of plastic pets. Despite the general good look of the environment, recycling of the waste materials is not properly conducted therefore most of it ends up in landfills. The recycling rate of solid waste in 2010 was of 2% and of biodegradable waste was of 25% by 2009.
Being part of the EU, Romania has to reach a level of recycling of 50% by 2020 which is a big challenge to accomplish.”

Waste management Scenario in Turkey

The presentation was given Deren, she further explained “Rapid urbanization and population growth is increasing the pressure of human activities on environment in Turkey. While the growth in production and marketing during this process makes excessive use of natural resources, wastes produced due to increasing trend of consumption have reached to threatening levels due to their quantity and hazardous contents.The beginning of legal arrangements related to waste management in Turkey goes back to very early years in 1930 where the Municipality Law and the General Health Law came into force. The Constitution of 1982 says that,“Every citizen is entitled with the right to live in healthy and stable environment.” The Solid Waste Control Regulation of 1991 requires the reduction of waste production as far as possible, separation of recoverable waste at its source and recycling the valuable wastes for the economy, disposal of non-recyclable wastes by means of environment-friendly methods. Also, in 1995 The Regulation on the Control of Hazardous Wastes came into force. İn 2006, Environmental Law came which says about the scope of fines for waste.”