Hazardous waste requires proper management (Dawn (Pakistan))

as it has become a major source of environmental degradation in the country.

This was stated by Federal Secretary for Climate Change, Arif Ahmed Khan while chairing a meeting on hazardous waste management for Pakistan here on Friday. The federal secretary said, “Industries, hospitals, electronics manufacturing companies and agriculture sector generate enormous waste and disposed them of without its proper management.”

He said practically nothing was being done to dispose of waste in a scientific and environment-friendly manner.

He said the waste not only caused pungent smell, but it contaminated water bodies, air and land.

Furthermore, he said, the hospital waste had become a grave threat to the environment, most of which was disposed of improperly.

Director General, Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA), Khursheed Ahmed, told participants that around 300 hospitals in Islamabad did not incinerate hospital waste in a scientific and environment friendly manner.

“There is also a need for setting standards for incineration process,” the DG pointed out.

Group Managing Director of the Malaysia-based international company Pollution Engineering, Tony YC Liew, also present at the meeting, showed interest in installing hazardous waste disposal facilities in different cities of Pakistan, particularly in Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Islamabad on build, operate and own basis.

Tony YC Liew gave a detailed presentation on the scope and benefits of hazardous waste management in Pakistan and offered his companys assistance to help Pakistan cope with worsening state of the waste, which was major source 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 installation, cleaning of rivers and sea, transfer relevant green technology and technical know-how to Pakistan,” he told the meeting, an offer that was welcomed by the Ministry of Climate Change.

“We will support Pollution Engineering in launching waste management projects in the country and bring 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.

Director General, Environment Climate Change at the Ministry Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta, stressed the need for making incineration a national policy, engaging all provincial environmental protection agencies (EPAs) in this regard, and setting quality standards for waste related technology.