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Unfortunately is quite well known that the lack of appropriate infrastructure for selective garbage collection and recycling is a serious problem in Nepal. However, what maybe you don’t know is that there are some very important actions happening here along with the Rangjung Yeshe Institute – RYI.
In the spring of 2017 the Environment Committee Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling – 3R Group was founded. This group was born from the aspiration of people connected to both Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery and Rangjung Yeshe Institute. The committee is composed of monks, students and staff of RYI, lay practitioners, monastery’s workers and different professionals.
Several projects and activities have already been implemented, for example:
- New bins for selective garbage;
- Recycle station;
- A large compost;
- Special cleaning day for the monastery area and its surrounding;
- Waste management training for local monks, nuns from Nagi Gompa, RYI’s restaurant staff, monastery’s workers, and local community;
- Cleaning day in Pharping, with monks and local community, at the mountain around the Asura’s Cave Monastery;
- Regular Saturday cleaning day, among other activities.
To our joy there are partners who have helped us, specialists for the collection of the recyclable waste and waste management training, when we were supported by our friends from Khaalisisi – See: http://khaalisisi.com/, and Clean up Nepal – http://cleanupnepal.org.np
As effective result, we are composting an average of 500 kg of organic waste per month, and the data in the table below are impressive.
The aspiration behind these activities is that through environmental education and change of habits, significant changes can happen and reverberate in the local community, becoming an example and source of inspiration for the city and the country.
You can find more photos and information on FB page of the committee: https://www.facebook.com/knslenvironmentcommittee/
~ Jigme Choedzin, from Brazil