27 December, 2008 – Thimphu will be one of the cleanest cities in the world by 2011, assured the prime minister, Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley.
After the National Assembly enacted the Waste Prevention and Management Act yesterday, Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley said that the government decided to purchase a waste incinerator, which would dispose 40 tonnes of waste at a time. But the government is yet to decide which country the incinerator will be bought from.
He said that, to buy the machine, which is known to be expensive, the government was seeking assistance from the World Bank and other development partners.
NA members admitted that Bhutan faced a major issue of disposing, segregating and managing waste. The Memelhaka landfill, household waste, garbage of all kinds overflowing from waste-disposal pits, garbage bins, streets and the river, in public places and residential areas represented the range of issues facing policy makers. (more…)
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