Recycling in Kathmandu with Social Business Doko

Recycling in Kathmandu with Social Business Doko
January 19, 2018 Hannah Badminton
In Get to Know Nepal
Sustainability & Recycling Training

Recently we discovered a local social enterprise trying to tackle the enormous task of cleaning up Kathmandu. Doko Recyclers (which means basket in Nepali) are a young team of social entrepreneurs dedicated to sorting out Kathmandu’s waste management system. Doko was born out of a desire to manage the tall garbage heaps and overflowing landfills of Kathmandu. Not only do they offer a service to collect recycling, they also pay for the waste that they collect.

It’s impossible to ignore the high levels of pollution and lack of proper waste management in Kathmandu. The Bagmati River which run through the heart of Kathmandu, is one of the most polluted rivers in the world and the city’s pollution is a public health risk that affects the day to day lives of everyone of Purnaa.



At Purnaa we strive to be sustainable and eco-conscious in every part of our company. After looking into a number of different recycling solutions, we were delighted to hear about Doko. So one cold Kathmandu morning Shivani Saria, Doko’s Relationship Manager, came to Purnaa’s offices to conduct an awareness workshop on recycling and the environment.

Explaining how the waste management system here works and how huge local landfills are, you could see visibly shocked faces around the room. Confronted with the images and statistics of how Kathmandu’s waste effects the city’s health and communities, many staff looked deeply affected. Shivani’s excellent and impactful training concluded by showing our whole team how to correctly separate and recycle waste. The training has motivated the whole factory to do their part and separate recycling. Some employees even decided to start bringing their own from home!



At Purnaa none of our textile waste goes to landfill, we sell leftovers to local scrap collectors who use it as stuffing for mattresses and other home wear. We do however, create a lot of plastic and paper waste. This is mainly from the packaging that fabric is wrapped in and pattern making paper. Since Shivani’s training, Doko has been collecting our recyclable waste twice a week, which has helped us significantly reduce the waste we send to landfill. Not only that, but Doko provide continuous impact reports through our online account, where we can track the waste we are producing.

Learning about Doko and their mission has had a huge impact on Purnaa. Not only are we more aware of our carbon footprint, but we can now take active steps to reduce it. Doko offers domestic collection for free and offers services for businesses of any size. For any companies or individuals looking for a way to recycle their waste in Kathmandu, Doko is a great solution!




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