Land­fill in T/Yang­ste to be re­lo­cated

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Jigme Wangchen from Trashiyangtse

To ad­dress the grow­ing is­sue of waste in Trashiyangtse town, the mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­ity is plan­ning to re­lo­cate the ex­ist­ing land­fill in the 12th Five Year Plan.

Con­structed in 1992, the ex­ist­ing land­fill lo­cated at Rangla about 5km away from Yangtse town has reached its full ca­pac­ity.

“The ex­ist­ing land­fill is al­most full and very of­ten the mu­nic­i­pal uses ex­ca­va­tors and trucks to press down the garbage and waste,” said the mu­nic­i­pal en­gi­neer, Rinchen Leyda.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity has opted to re­lo­cate the ex­ist­ing land­fill in­stead of ex­pand­ing it.

Rinchen Leyda said that Yangtse’s in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion has re­sulted in gen­er­a­tion of more waste, caus­ing the land­fill to over­flow.

Pro­lif­er­at­ing pop­u­la­tion in Trashiyangtse over the years due to the Kho­longchhu Hy­dropower Project Au­thor­ity is also con­tribut­ing to in­creased waste gen­er­a­tion.

Trashiyang­ste lacks a sep­a­rate fa­cil­ity for proper seg­re­ga­tion of waste. All kinds of waste are dumped into the present land­fill.

“Nei­ther do we have qual­i­fied man­power to ad­vo­cate peo­ple on the means and ways to re­duce waste gen­er­a­tion,” he added. How­ever, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity plans to start seg­re­gat­ing waste from the next plan pe­riod.

Cur­rently, Yangtse mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­ity has one waste col­lect­ing truck. The truck not only carters waste from the town­ship but also ex­tends its ser­vices to Dok­sum town.

The mu­nic­i­pal has only one refuse col­lec­tor truck that col­lects waste from town twice ev­ery week and once a week from Dok­sum.

How­ever, the en­gi­neer men­tioned that il­le­gal dump­ing of waste is not as ram­pant in Yangtse and in­stances of peo­ple burn­ing garbage are min­i­mal.

Un­til the re­lo­ca­tion, the ex­ist­ing land­fill is ex­pected to be used for waste dis­posal.

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