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Garbage to gas

MAY 11 - The Kathmandu valley generates around 550 tonnes of solid waste each day and the majority of it is biodegradable. The organic fraction of the municipal solid waste can be converted into biogas in a closed loop-anaerobic digestion plant, also known as Waste-to-Biogas (WtB) system—with the recovery of biogas and nutrients. Biogas is an important energy carrier which can be used for electricity generation or as transport fuel and the nutrients as bio-fertilisers. An integrated WtB system can address the trilemma of energy security, energy equity (national debts on oil imports), and environmental sustainability in Kathmandu.

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Govt makes septic tank mandatory for all buildings

KATHMANDU, MAY 10 - The government has made it mandatory for every household—new or old in urban areas and developing towns across the country—to construct septic tanks.

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Rainwater harvesting now mandatory

Adrian Phung

PETALING JAYA: Local authorities will not approve building plans from developers who do not include a rainwater harvesting system (RWH) for residential buildings.

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Sanitation ID card mandatory for public service

Mangalbare (Ilam), April 11: The sanitation identity card has been made mandatory in government offices to leverage efforts to declare Ilam an Open Defecation Free district.

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Will Kathmandu be buried in garbage?

Although Kathmandu’s world heritage sites are well known, few may be aware of a new archeological dig that stretches for several kilometers along the Bagmati River. Deep trenches have been dug out, creating 20ft-high hills made of dirt held together with striations of blue, pink and black polypropylene that tell the 30-year local history of the plastic bag, Nepal’s most ubiquitous landmark.

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