Since 1992 the Women’s Environment Preservation Committee (WEPCO) has been dedicated to cleaning and conserving the urban environment in the Kathmandu Valley.
During this time WEPCO has encouraged a new generation of women and students to learn more about environmental issues and play an active role in improving their local environment.
WEPCO is especially well known for their innovation and initiative in Solid Waste Management. WEPCO has introduced and disseminated many new ideas such as: community composting; home composting; vermi-composting; paper collection and recycling and bio-gas production from organic (vegetable) waste.
In recognition of its work. WEPCO was awarded the UNEP Global 500 environment award (2003), the WWF Abraham Conservation Award (2003) and Ministry of Population and Environment (MOPE) Environment Award (1996) , Ministry of Environment has awarded WEPCO by “Women Environment Conservation Award” (2010), in 2011 WEPCO is awarded with Solid Waste Management Award 2011 by SWMRMC (MoLD) and Recently WEPCO again is awarded with an Internationally Recognized SEED AWARD: Gender Equility AWARD 2011 by UNDP, UNEP and IUCN.