Islamabad, April 10, 2015 (PPI-OT): Federal Secretary for Climate Change, Arif Ahmed Khan, said on Friday that hazardous waste has become a is a major cause of escalating environmental degradation in Pakistan and there is pressing need its proper management in scientific and environmental-friendly manner.
Chairing an important meeting on ‘Hazardous Waste Management for Pakistan’ here at the Committee Room of the Ministry of Climate Change, the federal secretary said, “Industries, hospitals, electronic manufacturing companies and agriculture sector generate enormous waste and discarded without its proper management, which continues to damage environment, particularly water and air in the country.”
He highlighted at the meeting that it is deeply upsetting that practically nothing is being done anywhere in the country as far as proper and environmental-friendly management of any kind of waste is concerned.
“Our streets and roads reflects well the grim situation of the waste management, which have become source of pungent and stinking smell, contaminate water bodies, air and land,” the secretary Arif Ahmed Khan deplored.
He said hospital waste has become a grave threat to the environment, most of which is disposed of improperly.
He pledged not to spare any hospital found culprit for discarding waste unmanaged and warned of initiating legal proceedings against those hospitals, which are not incinerating the hospital waste in a manner that damages the environment.
Arif Ahmed Khan pressed on need for a viable system through which hospitals are monitored regarding the hospital waste management, so that those who fail to follow relevant laws are brought to book.
The federal secretary said that every hospital must make allocations in their budgets for proper waste management.
Director-General of the Pakistan environmental Protection Agency Islamabad (PEPA- Islamabad), Khursheed Ahmed, informed the meeting participants that at present there are around 300 hospitals of varying sizes in Islamabad, most of which are not incinerating the hospital waste in a scientific and environment-friendly manner.
“There is also need for setting standards for incineration process, for most of the existing waste incineration processes in hospitals are below the standard,” the PEPA-Islamabad’s director-general pointed out.
Group Managing Director of the Malaysia-based international company ‘Pollution Engineerings’, Tony Y. C. Liew, was also present at the meeting, who shown interest in installing hazardous waste disposal facilities in different cities of Pakistan, particularly Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Islamabad on ‘build, operate and own’ basis.
Tony Y.C. Liew gave a detailed presentation on the scope and benefits of hazardous waste management in Pakistan and offered his company’s all-out services to help Pakistan cope with worsening state of the waste, which is major cause of environmental degradation and several health diseases.
“We are ready to provide services in wastewater treatment and recycling system, solid waste treatment system, sewage treatment, energy generation from waste, installation of hazardous waste disposal facilities’ instaltation, cleaning of rivers and sea, transfer relevant green technology and technical know-how to Pakistan.
In this regard, the federal secretary for climate change welcomed their offer extended by the Pollution Engineerings for services regarding proper waste management in the country and assured the his full support to actualize their offer for services, which Pakistan desperately needs.
We will support if the Pollution Engineerings launches waste management projects in the countries and brings relevant technology, technical expertise and plays its role in capacity-building of the relevant departments in Pakistan,” Arif Ahmed Khan told Tony Y.C. Liew, group managing director of the Malaysia-based international company.
Director-General (Environment and Climate Change) at the Ministry of Climate Change, Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta, pressed on need for making incineration a national policy option, engaging all provincial environmental Protection agencies (EPAs) in this regard, and setting of quality standards for waste-related technology.
The meeting was also attended, among others, by Pollution Engineering Pakistan (PVT) chief executive Amir Younus, Director Pollution Engineering Ms. Oh Ying Ying.
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