Seeing is believing. It is much easier to convince people of the benefits of a technique or technology when they can see it with their own eyes. At WEPCO’s home base on the Bagmati river you can see: bio-gas production; waste collection and separation; paper recycling and paper making; pit, bin and vermi-composting; solar water disinfection. School and community groups regularly come along to interact and learn by seeing and doing.
1.0 Green Circle
Green Circle is a new initiative involving business houses in Nepal for environmental practices that are good for the business and good for the environment. In other word, Green Circle is a benchmark for good office practices.
The main objectives of the Green Circle is to promote friendly environmental office practices in private sector, thereby, promoting positive image about the office.
1.1 Green Circle Concept
- To motivate private sector and NGO participation for waste paper collection and recycling.
- Recycling of waste paper and putting bit back for reuse into market place.
- Promotes friendly environmental office practices in private sector which give s a positive image about the office.
- Empowers private sector for environment conservation activities.
1.2 Benefits from the Green Circle:
- Collection of all the official waste papers for recycling. There will be collection of paper at regular interval or according to the requirement.
- Use of Registered and Branded Green Circle logo and identity kit in the official collateral, stationeries and advertising campaign to convey the organizational commitment for good environmental practices.
- Program Initiation Training- A short training about environmentally friendly office practices and cost cutting methods to an officer nominated by the organization.
- Exclusive use of an attractive Green Circle branded desk side bins at a nominal cost.
- Use of customized printed and branded paper pads for notes and rough work (thereby reducing their paper costs and promoting the organization’s good environmental practices).
- Use of attractive custom made Green Circle merchandizing material like Posters, Display Boards and other resources in public service area or other public forums like meeting and client events.
1.3 Membership Fee:
Rs. 5,000 per member (Annually)
Paper collection rate: Rs.50.00 to Rs.100.00 per trip. It will be charged according to location.
2.0Reed-bed Sewerage Treatment Demonstration
In 2009 WEPCO aims to transform a small section of the banks of the Bagmati river behind its office into a Reed Bed Sewerage Treatment System. A feasabilty study is currently underway and WEPCO is looking for assistance in implementing this important demostration project. Two sewerage outlets from the community pass across the land which slops gently down to the Bagmati. There is adequate space to construct here. When successful, this project will contribute (in a small way) to the health of the river and act as a working demostration for other communities and organisation keen to see an improvement in the cleanliness of the Bagmati river. If you are interesting in supporting this project, please contact us.
3.0 School / Hospital / Company bio-gas awareness and implementation
Kathmandu continues to struggle with its household waste. Some 350 tonnes are produced per day. 60-70% of this is organic waste: waste that can either be composted or first used to produce bio-gas for cooking. While it is obvious for all to see that this huge urban waste problem could be reduced with a great gain for all, very little changes. WEPCO, using its experience in community education and mobilization aims to change this in 2009.
Realistic plans are already in place to reach over 200,000 students and community members in the Kathmandu valley. Currently modest funding is being sought to enable this programme.
Always believing in taking action to prove we can do what we say can be done, WEPCO implemented a successful pilot study of using school kitchen waste to provide cooking gas.
4.0 Case study: Budhanilkantha School
WEPCO was looking for a partner to run a pilot study on using kitchen waste to generate bio-gas. This was new in Nepal. While there is a lot of biogas plants in Nepal, they generally work using animal or toilet waste.
Partnering with the school and bio-gas engineers, Budhanilkantha school now generates around 10% of it’s cooking gas need from its kitchen waste and has reduced it’s waste collection bill in the process. This saves over 2 Lakh Rupees per year, meaning the payback time for the project is just one year.
5.0 Waste Segregation and Biogas Programme
In addition to the bio-gas awareness programme, WEPCO continues to raise awareness about management of household waste among the households and schools in Lalitpur.
- Objective: To create awareness and motivate the community people in waste reduction, segregation and recycling
- Project area: Kupondole
- Coverage: 1000 households
6.0 SODIS Program
- Objective: To improve water quality and health by solar purification systems at the household level.
- Target area: Ward no.1 Kupondole
- Target Population: 1200