Staff Reporter

Experts from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Bhutan trained the waste managers of four thromdes from May to September this year.

The waste managers were trained on the maintenance of equipment that JICA supported to the four thromdes, waste collection and landfill technique utilising the equipment supported, skills to raise public awareness and improve awareness of occupation safety at work.

The government and people of Japan provided 28 compactor trucks, three dumper placer, two backhoe loaders, an excavator and a bulldozer, and 24 containers worth Nu 330 million to four thromdes in April this year to improve waste collection.

The initiative is a part of the Project for Improving Solid Waste Management under the Grant Aid Project with the Japanese government.

A press release from JICA Bhutan stated that the experts, Hisashi Yamauchi and Hiroki Ishihara, visited the target thromdes to train waste managers and discuss solid waste management issues in the thromdes.

The experts observed that the waste managers have improved on waste separation using the equipment provided through the grant project, according to the press release.

It was also noted that the training helped the waste managers to make mandatory and periodic inspections of the equipment, prepare waste collection schedules, develop plans for landfilling methods and prepare a safety management manual.