Workshop on Disaster Waste Management in Nepal, June 5, 2015

Ensure Environmental Sustainability of the UN Millennium Development Goals:

Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs, and reverse the loss of environmental resources:

(Brief Proceeding Report)


June 7, 2015

12.5 million cum of volume of debris (i.e. about 3.94 million tons) will be generated. She presented various possible recycling process and methods for debris waste management. Participants have given various valuable comments and suggestion regarding disaster waste management. Such as assessment of glass waste, recycling of debris waste to reproduce bricks, private sector participation in recycling business of debris waste, importance of policy on disaster waste. Expert’s team from participants nominated to form one group prepared workshop conclusion.

Workshop Conclusion:

Expert team has come up with following conclusion:

  1. Institution set up for disaster waste management (concerned stakeholders)
  2. Detail Status assessment of earthquake affected structure based on nature and composition

    (e.g. types of building, types of effects, composition of affected structure).

  3. Policy, Strategies and Action Plan on disaster waste management & contingency plan

• Separation of waste (Waste Minimization)

• Application of using 3R principle

• Handle with care to special waste such as electrical, electronic, biomedical and other hazardous waste.

• Need demolition of structured building by mobilizing special contractors with necessary equipment’s.

• Identification of primary on-site storage (nearest possible open space) considering environmental parameters.

• Collection, transportation and intermediate storage of waste. (Reduce transaction costs by

centralizing resources)

• Standardize recycled products for reuse enhancing public private (PPP) sector capacity and


• Need separate/ special guidelines for heritage and monuments.

• Dumping of non-recycling and non-reused waste.