Waste Problems in Bhutan

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Waste problems in Bhutan
Bhutan, a small Himalayan Kingdom, where “Gross National Happiness (GNH)” philosophy is the guiding spirit for the developmental progress, sustainable wastes management is inevitable, especially the municipal solid wastes (MSW). A nation, highly dependent on import, subsistence farming and tourism needs to be very careful with wastes generation and the management. As of now, the major population remains innocent about the consequences of the unmanaged wastes and waste management techniques. Also, very limited options remain for improvement of the conventional waste management systems. In most urban settlements, formal waste management does not even exist.
There are a number of environmental issues in Bhutan. Among Bhutan's most pressing issues waste disposal due to industrial pollution threaten Bhutan's serene environment and population. Land and water use have also become matters of environmental concern in both rural and urban settings. In addition to these general issues, others such as landfill availability and air and noise pollution are particularly prevalent in relatively urbanized and industrialized areas of Bhutan.
Bhutan experience accelerated economic activities that pressured natural resources such as land, air, and water. Development activities increased concern for solid waste management projects. Land degradation, biodiversity and habitat loss, high fuel-wood consumption, and human-wildlife conflicts are some of Bhutan's environmental challenges.
In Bhutan, random open dumping of solid waste is creating nasty surroundings, choked drains and eventually polluted waterways that not only contaminate the natural environment, but also pose serious hazards to public health. Lack of proper waste management also endangers Bhutan as a clean and green country which could affect tourism, one of the key target sectors for economic…...

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