Pyin Oo Lwin land­fill to be re­lo­cated

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - SI THU LWIN sithul­win@mm­times.com

Af­ter years of com­plaints from res­i­dents, mu­nic­i­pal com­mit­tee mem­bers have agreed to move the rub­bish heap into a canyon.

THE rub­bish dump in Pyin Oo Lwin town­ship is fi­nally set for re­lo­ca­tion, af­ter years of com­plaints from res­i­dents about the foul smell.

The Yat Kwat Gyi 9 site has ser­viced the town­ship for over a decade, but the ex­pan­sion of res­i­den­tial ar­eas and ever-in­creas­ing size of the rub­bish dump has seen it take its toll on the en­vi­ron­ment.

The de­ci­sion has been wel­comed by res­i­dents, who say they’ve lodged for­mal com­plaints an­nu­ally since 2012 to no avail.

“The en­vi­ron­ment pol­lu­tion and air pol­lu­tion are very bad be­cause the dirt is also be­ing thrown to­gether with rub­bish. It is very hard to live [near the dump] in rainy sea­son. It can im­pact the res­i­dents’ health,” U Win Myint, a Pyin Oo Lwin mu­nic­i­pal com­mit­tee mem­ber who lives near the Yat Kwat Gyi 9 site, told The Myan­mar Times on Septem­ber 12.

Town­ship of­fi­cials now say they’ve found a suit­able new re­lo­ca­tion site for the land­fill, and pro­pose that the switch be made within the next month.

“The new place is not a for­est area. It is fal­low land,” said Pyin Oo Lwin town­ship deputy direc­tor U Than Win.

The pro­posed area is a 2-acrewide canyon near Pein Hnel Gone South vil­lage, some 4 miles (6.5 kilo­me­tres) from Pyin Oo Lwin proper.

The con­tract for Pyin Oo Lwin’s mu­nic­i­pal rub­bish col­lec­tion op­er­a­tions has been held by Myot Gone Saung clean­ing ser­vice since Au­gust 2014. Direc­tor U Nyi Nyi Lwin says tak­ing out the city’s trash is no small task.

“It is not easy to col­lect all the rub­bish and dirt of the whole city - 18 rub­bish trucks are be­ing used ev­ery day, [col­lect­ing] more than 150 tons,” he said.

U Nyi Nyi Lwin says profit mar­gins are slim, with lit­tle left over af­ter ve­hi­cle main­te­nance, salaries and fuel are fac­tored in. Still, it’s a role he is pleased to take on.

“The rub­bish from the schools, [gov­ern­ment de­part­ments] and re­li­gious struc­tures is be­ing col­lected free of charge. I work this job with a self­less mind. I work more for city de­vel­op­ment than my own ben­e­fit,” he said.

When it comes to the new rub­bish dump, U Nyi Nyi Lwin says he hopes the mu­nic­i­pal author­i­ties have taken prac­ti­cal factors into con­sid­er­a­tion when de­cid­ing on the lo­ca­tion of the site.

“If the rub­bish dump is moved to [this] new place, the [coun­cil must] build a road to the new rub­bish dump,” he said.

– Trans­la­tion by San Layy

Photo: Si Thu Lwin

Chil­dren sort through the Pyin Oo Lwin land­fill.

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