Saving water resources through IRRCs highlighted


Islamabad: Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan Ulanbek Totuiaev has highlighted the need for using Integrated Resource Recovery Centers (IRRCs) to address Pakistan’s solid waste management issues which can eventually help in saving Pakistan’s water resources.

Addressing a World Environment Day Seminar titled “Integrated Water Resources and Recovery Center” organized by Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan Memorial Trust (AHKMT) in collaboration with Shaheed Bhutto Foundation at the Institute of Science and Technology Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (SZABIST), Ulanbek Totuiaev said his country adopted the IRRC model ten years ago and the Kyrgyz nation is now reaping the benefits. “Pakistan should also embrace this model for the wider interest of the country,” he added.

Seminar attendees included DG Pak EPA Farzana Altaf Shah, AHKMT CEO Sumaira Gul, Dr. Imran Khan, Director of Environment WWF Pakistan

Earlier, during a briefing to guests, AHKMT CEO Sumaira Gul spoke about the alarming situation that has arisen due to the garbage littering the water resources in Pakistan, the majority of which includes plastic bottles. She highlighted the alarming situation of the Indus River which crosses 100 cities in the country and each city contributes to water pollution by littering it with plastic and solid waste.

“The issue of solid waste along the Indus is quite simple, if 100 IRRCs are established in the towns from where the Indus or its tributaries cross, there will be no garbage to throw into the river, in addition to these 1000 tons of garbage, help to prepare organic compost which can also help meet the agricultural needs of farmers in these cities and towns and cultivate about 100 acres of barren land,” she said, adding that IRRCs allow cities to turn waste into resources through composting, recycling and bio-digestion, diverting municipal solid waste from landfills or open dumps IRRCs typically treat 80-90% of flows of waste, close to the source of production and in a decentralized manner.

Dr. Farzana Shah, DG Pak called on the government and private sector to come forward and address the solid waste problem by establishing IRRCs across the country. Bhutto Foundation CEO Asif Khan also spoke on the occasion.

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