What a Waste!
Even a small country like Bhutan is finding it difficult to tackle the growing problem of garbage disposal. More than 30 percent of Bhutanese live in urban centers where solid waste is a big challenge. Now the problem is spreading to villages as well. According to engineers and environment officers, the current solid waste management practices in the country are poor. Mongar dzongkhag, for instance, generates almost 1,400kg of waste a day. The present landfill of the district is already saturated and the authorities are having trouble in finding a new waste disposal site. In Gasa, which has a population of about 1,000, waste generation is over 120kg a day.
Most districts currently do not have a systematic way of collecting and treating waste. As a result, people dump waste in open pits. Various trekking routes are also littered with garbage. Environment officers and municipal engineers suggest that out-sourcing of the collection and segregation of solid waste can help reduce the burden of government officials and can also open business opportunities for private individuals.