Bhutan to observe Zero Waste Hour for Zero Waste Society by 2030

THIMPHU (Kuensel/ANN) - Bhutan will observe at least an hour on the second day of every month as the “Zero Waste Hour” to achieve Bhutan’s vision of Zero Waste Society by 2030.

Bhutan will observe at least an hour on the second day of every month as the “Zero Waste Hour” to achieve Bhutan’s vision of Zero Waste Society by 2030.

The National Environment Commission’s (NEC), “My waste, my responsibility”, which was launched by Her Majesty The Queen on June 2, coinciding with the Coronation Day of His Majesty The Fourth King, is expected to instil a behavioural change for proper waste management and practice sustainable consumption lifestyle.

The zero waste hour would be observed during office hours and all the offices, institutions, organisations, and individuals are mandated to clean their surrounding areas.

According to a statement from NEC, Bhutan is still struggling with waste management due to lack of civic responsibility of the general public although the system was established 23 years ago.

Investments in waste management activities by the government, private sectors, civil society organisations, and individuals have not been effective as the focus was solely on solid waste management.

 “The processes of reducing, reusing, collection, transportation, and treatment of waste has been confronted with numerous challenges at every step, due to inadequate knowledge, awareness and immense financial, technological, and capacity demands of the process,” according to NEC.

Zero waste hour is expected to help inculcate a sense of social responsibility in an environmentally sound manner and reduce the illegal dumping of waste in open areas.

Along with NEC, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs will coordinate with the dzongkhags, gewogs, thromdes, NGOs, CSOs,UN agencies, Bhutan Film Association, media houses, and other implementing partners.

“These bodies will carry out monitoring and evaluation activities and submit reports annually,” said the chief of waste management division in NEC, Thinley Dorji.

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