Two cities of
Vietnam and Sri Lanka replicated a Bangladesh model of community
based solid waste management approach to turn the organic
municipal garbage into fertiliser, officials said in Dhaka on
Friday, reports BSS.
The Matale City in the Central Province of Sri Lanka and coastal
Qui Nhon city in central Vietnam are to launch demonstration
projects based on the Bangladesh’s Waste Concern (WC) model to
convert wastes into compost fertiliser, WC officials said.
“Authorities of the
two cities were encouraged by our model to improve waste
management situation by turning the organic municipal garbage
into composts in a simple and cost effective method, involving
stakeholders in a close benefit loop,” said Iftekhar Enayetullah,
the co-founder of Waste Concern.
He said apart from
Vietnam and Sri Lanka, neighbouring India and Pakistan, Peru,
South Africa, and Cambodia showed their interests in replicating
private organisation for the first time in Bangladesh developed
the community-based waste management model, which is being
replicated in 20 municipal towns and city corporation areas of
The model was widely appreciated particularly for its community
partnership approach to produce quality compost from garbage and
earned Waste Concern several international awards.
A five-day UN-ESCAP
sponsored workshop in September this year brought the mayors of
the two Sri Lankan and Vietnamese cities to Bangladesh to be
shown the Waste Concern model for replication in their
A high-powered government committee last month approved a Waste
Concern project for Dhaka’s municipal garbage management under
the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
derived from the 1992 Kyoto Protocol, under which the signatory
developed nations were obligated to pay for reduction of
emission of green house gases in developing countries.
The National CDM
Committee and Waste Concern officials said this would be the
first CDM project on waste composting in the world expected to
be operative from mid 2005 and from the very beginning it would
be capable of handling 50 percent of the garbage produced in the
The National CDM
Board, headed by the principal secretary to the prime minister,
Dr. Kamal Siddiqui gave its nod to the project and it now
requires a memorandum of understanding with Dhaka City
This project will
help Bangladesh to harness the opportunity of attracting foreign
Direct Investment (FDI) in waste management without any
financial obligation from the host country, officials said.