Solid Waste Management Program

Turning household waste into energy and additional income
2011 SEED Award Winner Waste Management Lalitpur, Nepal

The enterprise seeks to enhance environmental conservation while generating income from recycled household waste, mainly in Kathmandu Valley. Women are provided with business and waste management training and access to micro-credit loans, and are encouraged to form conservation groups across the country.

Operated solely by women, the enterprise collects household waste and generates income by recycling it using efficient techniques. Organic waste is separated from the rest and turned into compost and bio-gas,often locally at the sites where the waste is generated. Paper is remolded into craft products. The enterprise organises public events on waste management and the environment and supports the establishment of "eco-clubs" in schools. It also provides consultancy and training related to waste management.



Eco-Inclusive Impacts

The initiative enhances environmental conservation while generating income from recycled household waste. Women are provided with business and waste management training and access to micro-credit loans.
  • Increasing the number of women's groups from 30 to 60, and the number of "eco-clubs" in schools from 51 to 100.
  • Training thousands of women on environmental issues and waste management.
  • Increasing the efficiency of existing biogas models to control more GHG emissions and recycled organic waste.
  • Encouraging more households to engage in bin composting: the goal is to raise the number of such households from 400 to 1,000.
  • Increasing profits to create employment for local women, secure a stable income for local waste collectors and provide more training in developing new products.



This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

Women Environment Preservation Committee (WEPCO) a local NGO, provides financial and technical support for the initiative.

Lalitpur Sub Metropolitan City provides financial and technical input and represents the initiative’s interests at a government level. 

UNDP-GEF SGP Nepal provides working capital for increasing waste collection campaigns, community activities and biogas production.

Asia Foundation Nepal provides funds and facilities for training in addition to legal advice.

Local communities support the initiative through the formation of “eco-clubs” which promote environmental awareness and active involvement in the community. 

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