Pyin Oo Lwin landfill to be relocated
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
Children sort through the Pyin Oo Lwin landfill.