The Department of Environment (DoE), with support from GIZ, the German Development Cooperation, organized an intensive training for the officials of DoE on 24th and 25th of September 2013 to finalize standards and guidelines, which will become part of the environmental regulations for industrialsludge.
Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry (PSES), a joint project of the governments of Bangladesh and Germany, implemented by Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, facilitated this two-day training workshop on draft standards and guidelines for municipals andindustrial sludge for Bangladesh. In cooperation with GIZ, DoE is under the process of preparing a comprehensive guideline for sludge management.
Sludge is an inevitable solid waste from wastewater treatment processes and could contain a toxic substance, depending on the process and sludge stabilization method. At present, there are no legal instructions regarding sludge management although DoE issues a provisional guideline for factories to store sludge six months in their premises to stabilize its’ chemical nature.
With technical support from the German Association of Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA), this workshop aimed to complement the process of finalizing the draft by explaining the technical aspects and incorporating feedback from DoE.
Elke Srestha, Senior Advisor of PSES, commented, “Following this training, we expect to see standards and guidelines for textile sludge, hazardous sludge from other industries and sludge from central effluent treatment plants (CETPs) in industrial zones finalized and gazetted to become part of the environmental regulations.”