Its a little contradictory: a sign that encourages garbage to be put in garbage cans with a pile of garbage right in front of it. But its a very good start, if a little imperfect. And one that seems to mainly have taken hold in Bandipur, which makes the town pretty exceptional just for that reason.
Its an attractive village with pretty views and the potential for tourism with so many trekking opportunities in the surrounding foothills. Its not the only village like this I’ve visited in the short time I’ve lived in Nepal, but one thing really soon out for me…no garbage. As the sign clearly indicates, they have a community mindset on the subject and it makes a huge difference. I’ve seen other potentially, equally attractive towns that are trashed with garbage piled at street corners, and blowing down the street… plastic bags scattered everywhere. Its hard for me to walk past shopkeepers on garbage-strewn streets and try to comprehend why they don’t take responsibility for the small space outside their shop. If every shopkeeper swept up their own space, every morning their communal space would be a great deal more attractive.
In Bandipur they seem to have the message: visitors like to admire the village sans garbage, and the streets are swept and clean. Its an excellent role model for other villages and a joy to look around. Well done!