Kathmandu Valley generates around 1,000 metric tonnes of garbage every day. Of this, 300 metric tonnes of garbage is collected from Kathmandu city alone. To tackle this issue there are hundreds of scrap collectors engaged in the capital, most of whom come from India. Although scrap collecting is considered a low tier job, it contributes significantly in managing the solid waste.
Musafir Mukhiya, 29, is a migrant worker from Bihar, India who has been collecting scrap for about two years. Mukhiya, who came to Nepal in search of better financial opportunities says he manages to bring home about US$100 a month for his wife and daughters.