Due to the growing need for solid waste management in Pakistan, especially in urban slums of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Pak Mission Society initiated the Saaf Mahool project under which the Haryali Hub was set up for waste collection.
Solid waste management is one of the biggest challenges for developing countries including, Pakistan. Pakistan produces 48.5 million tons of solid waste, annually, which is increasing by more than 2% every year. Without realizing the associated monetary value to waste, we are throwing away waste particles or keep littering scrap on roads and streets, indiscriminately.
In 2018 PMS introduced Solid Waste Management, a pilot project, namely; Saaf Mahol, through the launching of Haryali Hub – waste segregation plant in H-9/2, Islamabad. The adjacent slum called Rimsha Colony was adopted as a test case, spread over 2000 households. Saaf Mahol project is designed to promote a clean environment, through daily waste collection, segregation of waste, disposing of waste, and recycling of green waste for processing of organic fertilizer, funded by the Tearfund-UK.
urban settlements in Rawalpindi and Islamabad are healthy and living in a safe environment by adopting a sustainable solid waste management system. Saaf Mahol project offers livelihood means to low-income slum dwellers, who can earn their daily living as waste collectors, retailers, and junk-yard dealers.