Mandalay prepares to take out the trash
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.
Municipal employees collect trash in Mandalay.