Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD), COMSATS University Islamabad organized an insightful talk titled, “Status of Municipal Solid Waste Management in Rawalpindi City – A Way Forward”. It was delivered by Dr. Hamid Iqbal, Senior Manager, Operations, Research and Development Department at Rawalpindi Waste Management Company (RWMC). Participants from different universities, including International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) and Bahria University Islamabad (BUI) attended the talk, highlighting current challenges facing Municipal Solid Waste Management in Rawalpindi city.
The speaker gave a detailed introduction about RWMC which was established on 15th July 2015 to primarily serve Rawalpindi and Murree cities, and to gradually expand to other tehsils of district Rawalpindi. He further informed that RWMC is covering 73 Union Councils, private hospitals and Metro Bus Service (Rawalpindi – Islamabad). While highlighting the achievements of RWMC, Dr. Iqbal provided waste collection figures from November 2014 to January 2016. He added that a total of 287 open dumping plots were cleared, with 187,465 tons of waste shifted to Losar dumpsite. He noted that RWMC has had a positive impact on sanitation having upgraded waste management services to Rawalpindi through their operations, state of the art monitoring systems, public awareness campaigns, establishment of R & D section, training of fresh graduates and periodic capacity building.
At the end, vote of thanks was given by Dr. Toqeer Ahmad, Assistant Professor, CCRD, CUI; a souvenir was presented to guest speaker. Refreshments were served to participants