Plastics

PSD Nepal

PSD Nepal

PSD Nepal partners with the mountain people of Langtang. Together we are cultivating a circular economy for waste and plastic solutions. A 1 PET bottle = 1 NPR incentive scheme is in operation, with tens of thousands of plastic bottles cleared every month. This waste is recycled in Pokhara at Himalayan Plastic & creatively up-cycled for educational purposes, promoting environmental heritage.

Our vision is to cultivate circular economies in the Langtang

Our mission is to recycle plastic bottles removed from Langtang & upcycle plastic waste into diesel

Our goal is to promote environmental wellbeing, heritage, and management through sustainable local practice

PSD Nepal partners with the mountain people of Langtang. Together we are cultivating a circular economy for waste and plastic solutions. A 1 PET bottle = 1 NPR incentive scheme is in operation, with tens of thousands of plastic bottles cleared every month. This waste is recycled in Pokhara at Himalayan Plastic & creatively up-cycled for educational purposes, promoting environmental heritage.

Our vision is to cultivate circular economies in the Langtang

Our mission is to recycle plastic bottles removed from Langtang & upcycle plastic waste into diesel

Our goal is to promote environmental wellbeing, heritage, and management through sustainable local practice

Langtang National Park, Rasuwa

Langtang National Park, Rasuwa

The Langtang National Park is the oldest national park of Nepal, founded in 1976, and hosts over 15,000 domestic and international trekkers every year. Langtang is the third most popular national park in Nepal, after Everest (Sagarmartha) and Annapurna (ACAP). 

The Langtang Valley is home to 101 trekking lodges, who host over 80 trekkers every day of the season (Sept-Nov, Feb-Apr). Every season, up to 200,000 plastic bottles are consumed - and left - in Langtang. There are an estimated 5 million bottles in the valley from historic treks. This totals more than 125 T of waste. The recycling and upcycling processes extract value from this waste and reinvest it locally.

The Langtang National Park is the oldest national park of Nepal, founded in 1976, and hosts over 15,000 domestic and international trekkers every year. Langtang is the third most popular national park in Nepal, after Everest (Sagarmartha) and Annapurna (ACAP). 

The Langtang Valley is home to 101 trekking lodges, who host over 80 trekkers every day of the season (Sept-Nov, Feb-Apr). Every season, up to 200,000 plastic bottles are consumed - and left - in Langtang. There are an estimated 5 million bottles in the valley from historic treks. This totals more than 125 T of waste. The recycling and upcycling processes extract value from this waste and reinvest it locally.

Plastic Recycling (i)

Plastic Recycling (i)

Recycling is currently conducted in Langtang National Park, the oldest park in Nepal (1976). With over 100 tonnes of waste plastic bottles (PET) currently stuck in the Langtang Valley trekking area,  PSD Nepal in partnership with the local community and board of elders - KGLS (Kyangen Gumpa Langtang Society) - are running a clearing, collection, and recycling scheme. At present, around 30,000 bottles are recycled every month from Langtang. This total is nearing 1 T waste/month, or around 12 T waste/year. The recycling process is conducted in partnership with Himalayan Plastic, who operate a plastic recycling facility in Pokhara. Watch the project & learn more about this scheme.

Recycling is currently conducted in Langtang National Park, the oldest park in Nepal (1976). With over 100 tonnes of waste plastic bottles (PET) currently stuck in the Langtang Valley trekking area,  PSD Nepal in partnership with the local community and board of elders - KGLS (Kyangen Gumpa Langtang Society) - are running a clearing, collection, and recycling scheme. At present, around 30,000 bottles are recycled every month from Langtang. This total is nearing 1 T waste/month, or around 12 T waste/year. The recycling process is conducted in partnership with Himalayan Plastic, who operate a plastic recycling facility in Pokhara. Watch the project & learn more about this scheme.

Plastic Upcycling (ii)

Plastic Upcycling (ii)

Upcycling is facilitated by a technical team from NAST, headed up by Dr Rabindra Dhakal, previous senior scientific advisor to the Prime Minister of Nepal. NAST utilise a pyrolysis machine to convert plastic waste (mostly plastic bags, wrappers, styrofoam) into RDF (reduced diesel fuel). The upcycling process is highly efficient, converting 1kg of plastic waste into 1L of fuel for use.

Upcycling is defined as the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or better environmental value. Upcycling is the opposite of downcycling, which is the other half of the recycling process.

Upcycling is facilitated by a technical team from NAST, headed up by Dr Rabindra Dhakal, previous senior scientific advisor to the Prime Minister of Nepal. NAST utilise a pyrolysis machine to convert plastic waste (mostly plastic bags, wrappers, styrofoam) into RDF (reduced diesel fuel). The upcycling process is highly efficient, converting 1kg of plastic waste into 1L of fuel for use.

Upcycling is defined as the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or better environmental value. Upcycling is the opposite of downcycling, which is the other half of the recycling process.

Work to date


Long Term Vision

Long Term Vision

PSD Nepal are designing this project in Langtang, Rasuwa, with a social enterprise bent. Plastic bottles, tourist waste, and poor recycling facilities currently impinge on the environmental wellbeing of this National Park. PSD works with local partners to provide employment and local involvement in the clearing and recycling logistic. PSD Nepal also sends volunteers to work on these issues, both on environmental clean up operations and on construction projects, installing waste and recycling facilities. We offer eco volunteering projects in the National Parks of Nepal to support such projects. Get in touch!

The long-term work in Rasuwa consists of 3 main streams, with 3 key owners for each stream;

1. Recycling logistic: Samuel Johns (MA Geography, Oxford & MA Human Geography, UBC Canada)

2. Upcycling technology: Dr Rabindra Dhakal (PhD, NAST, Chief of Science Faculty, Patan)

3. Management: Bishnu H Bhatta (PSD Director, KTM Nepal)

PSD Nepal are designing this project in Langtang, Rasuwa, with a social enterprise bent. Plastic bottles, tourist waste, and poor recycling facilities currently impinge on the environmental wellbeing of this National Park. PSD works with local partners to provide employment and local involvement in the clearing and recycling logistic. PSD Nepal also sends volunteers to work on these issues, both on environmental clean up operations and on construction projects, installing waste and recycling facilities. We offer eco volunteering projects in the National Parks of Nepal to support such projects. Get in touch!

The long-term work in Rasuwa consists of 3 main streams, with 3 key owners for each stream;

1. Recycling logistic: Samuel Johns (MA Geography, Oxford & MA Human Geography, UBC Canada)

2. Upcycling technology: Dr Rabindra Dhakal (PhD, NAST, Chief of Science Faculty, Patan)

3. Management: Bishnu H Bhatta (PSD Director, KTM Nepal)

PSD Plastics in the news

PSD Plastics in the news

The Nepali Times featured PSD Plastics in national news, with a spotlight focus on Langtang National Park and the social enterprise work of PSD in creating both local employment and income generation, as well as waste clearing and environmental stewardship. Read the full article below - an excerpt is copied

"Langtang Valley is just beginning to recover from the earthquake three years ago, but another disaster looms large here in the high Himalaya: The Plastic Crisis. As the region rebuilds, tourists are flocking back to this stunningly scenic region, 7-hour drive north of Kathmandu. Every year, about 15,000 trekkers visit the Langtang National Park, using up and leaving behind 200,000 plastic water bottles. A conservative estimate puts the number of discarded bottles in Langtang Valley alone at 5 million."

https://www.nepalitimes.com/here-now/plastic-money/

Photo Credit: Yuvaraj Shrestha

The Nepali Times featured PSD Plastics in national news, with a spotlight focus on Langtang National Park and the social enterprise work of PSD in creating both local employment and income generation, as well as waste clearing and environmental stewardship. Read the full article below - an excerpt is copied

"Langtang Valley is just beginning to recover from the earthquake three years ago, but another disaster looms large here in the high Himalaya: The Plastic Crisis. As the region rebuilds, tourists are flocking back to this stunningly scenic region, 7-hour drive north of Kathmandu. Every year, about 15,000 trekkers visit the Langtang National Park, using up and leaving behind 200,000 plastic water bottles. A conservative estimate puts the number of discarded bottles in Langtang Valley alone at 5 million."

https://www.nepalitimes.com/here-now/plastic-money/

Photo Credit: Yuvaraj Shrestha