Man­dalay pre­pares to take out the trash

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - SI THU LWIN sithul­win@mm­times.com – Trans­la­tion by Khine Thazin Han

MCDC is try­ing to clean up the city’s streets through a pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign on waste dis­posal and a crack­down on lit­ter­ing.

MAN­DALAY City De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee is try­ing to clean up the city’s streets through a pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign on waste dis­posal and a crack­down on lit­ter­bugs.

MCDC has called on res­i­dents to dis­pose of their rub­bish prop­erly by co­op­er­at­ing with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s fledg­ling waste dis­posal pro­gram.

“We will first meet with ward ad­min­is­tra­tors and in­form them of waste dis­posal rules. Then we will meet with the pub­lic and in­form them how to prop­erly get rid of their trash,” said U Soe Tint Aung, head of san­i­ta­tion for the com­mit­tee.

“In other places, peo­ple dis­pose of their rub­bish at set times. We will try to de­velop this habit in our re­gion,” he added.

The san­i­ta­tion chief said Man­dalay’s mayor has pro­vided enough dump­sters to deal with all the city’s waste and that ac­tion will be taken against peo­ple who il­le­gally dump rub­bish on main roads and iso­lated ar­eas, a prac­tice that causes prob­lems by clog­ging the city’s drains.

“Peo­ple dump con­struc­tion de­bris on the Man­dalay-Pyin Oo Lwin Road, Ma­daya Road and Kanna Street. We will give them a week to ab­sorb the in­for­ma­tion [on proper rub­bish dis­posal] that we have pro­vided, after which time we will be watch­ing and tak­ing ac­tion,” U Soe Tint Aung said.

Peo­ple found dump­ing their rub­bish will be made to col­lect rub­bish through­out the city and clean drains clogged with garbage, he added.

Man­dalay’s waste dis­posal sys­tem com­prises a num­ber of large dump­sters spread through­out the city, 179 three-wheeled col­lec­tion carts and 33 large garbage trucks.

About 700 to 900 tonnes of rub­bish are dis­posed of each day, ac­cord­ing to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s fig­ures.

One is­sue raised by res­i­dents is the fre­quency of pub­lic rub­bish col­lec­tions.

“The [pub­lic] rub­bish col­lec­tion cart doesn’t come daily and there is no dump­ster near our house so we give our rub­bish to pri­vate col­lec­tors for a small fee,” said Daw Than Than from Aung Myay Tharzan. “We al­ready pay tax to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. If col­lec­tions came daily we would not have to spend this ex­tra money,” she added.

U Soe Tint Aung urged Man­dalay res­i­dents to work with MCDC to make the city beau­ti­ful and clean, say­ing it would not hap­pen with­out their co­op­er­a­tion and sup­port.

Photo: Si Thu Lwin

Mu­nic­i­pal em­ploy­ees col­lect trash in Man­dalay.

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