OWM (Waste Management)

What Is Solid Waste Management?

Solid Waste Management is the discipline associated with control of generation, storage, collection, transport or transfer, processing and disposal of solid waste materials in a way that best addresses the range of public health, conservation, economics, aesthetic, engineering and other environmental considerations.

In its scope, solid waste management includes planning, administrative, financial, engineering and legal functions. Solutions might include complex inter-disciplinary relations among a variety of fields. Solid waste management practices can differ for residential and industrial producers, for urban and rural areas, and for developed and developing nations. 

There are six functional components of the waste management system as outlined below:

  1. Waste generation refers to activities involved in identifying materials which are no longer usable and are either gathered for systematic disposal or thrown away.

  2. Onsite handling, storage, and processing are the activities at the point of waste generation which facilitate easier collection. For example, waste bins are placed at the sites which generate sufficient waste

  3. Waste collection a crucial phase of waste management, includes activities such as placing waste collection bins, collecting waste from those bins and accumulating trash in the location where the collection vehicles are emptied. Although the collection phase involves transportation, this is typically not the main stage of waste transportation.

  4. Waste transfer and transport are the activities involved in moving waste from the local waste collection locations to the regional waste disposal site in large waste transport vehicles.

  5. Waste processing and recovery refer to the facilities, equipment, and techniques employed both to recover reusable or recyclable materials from the waste stream and to improve the effectiveness of other functional elements of waste management.

  6. Disposal is the final stage of waste management. It involves the activities aimed at the systematic disposal of waste materials in locations such as landfills or waste-to-energy facilities.

C.P. Balde, R. Kuehr, K. Blumenthal, S. Fondeur Gill, M. Kern, P. Micheli, E. Magpantay, J. Huisman (2015), E-waste statistics: Guidelines on classifications, reporting and indicators. United Nations University, IAS - SCYCLE, Bonn, Germany.

C.P. Balde, R. Kuehr, K. Blumenthal, S. Fondeur Gill, M. Kern, P. Micheli, E. Magpantay, J. Huisman (2015), E-waste statistics: Guidelines on classifications, reporting and indicators. United Nations University, IAS - SCYCLE, Bonn, Germany.

Planning and Designing

Waste Management Solutions for all types of waste streams for both public and private entities. OWM has expertise in analysing and designing complete waste management systems of an organisation, home, housing society, towns and cities. Our focus is on municipalities and private housing societies for the planning and designing of comprehensive waste solutions, which are established using international standards set for the industry.

""Managing waste properly is essential for building sustainable and livable cities, but it remains a challenge for many developing countries and cities. Effective waste management is expensive, often comprising 20%–50% of municipal budgets. Operating this essential municipal service requires integrated systems that are efficient, sustainable, and socially supported."

Waste Collection

OWM engages In:

  1. Solid Waste Collection and Transportation

  2. Mechanical Sweeping and Manual Sweeping

  3. Mechanical Washing

We take part in the collection of solid waste generated by commercial, residential, government entities and public institutions whilst simultaneously promoting awareness.

Waste handling and transportation

"Collection for waste material does vary from place to place and country to country. Domestic waste collection management does it work under the supervision of local government or by some private waste management company. Some areas, which are less populated or not much developed, have ceremonial systems for collection of waste.  Following are mentioned few of the waste collection methods as are practiced around the world. 

  • For waste disposal and collection Curbside Collection, method has been adopted in Australia. Almost every residency is endowed with three garbage disposal bins, for recyclables, general waste and garden materials. The local municipality provides these bins however, some of houses have compost bin, which is not provided by municipality. Municipality, for encouraging recycling does provide larger bins for recyclables other than gardening and general waste. The waste which is produced by Municipal, commercial and constructional institutions is dumped at landfills while recyclables are recycled.

  • In European countries and some other locations around the globe, waste is collected through a system known as Enavc. This system involves conveying of garbage through underground vacuum system.

  • In urban location in Canada, Curbside collection system is used, mostly. While in cities, waste collection is scheduled. Rural areas have their waste disposed by moving it to transfer stations. All collected waste is then disposed off at landfills.

  • In Pakistan a variety of scavengers and slowly formalising private public partnerships are taking the initiatives on to tackle the vast amounts of waste accumulated and generated on a daily basis."

Private Housing Societies and Commerical Buildings

  1. Door to Door Collection

  2. Collection by underground and aboveground containers

  3. Sweeping of main arterial roads, streets and squares

Our target cities for waste collection are in Punjab and KPK. Our current focus is Lahore city however, we are pursuing agreements with various stakeholders for other smaller and larger cities. 

Current target for SWM: Approved Private Housing Societies of Lahore City