Filled to brim dumpsters negatively impact health in twin cities

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ISLAMABAD

An improper system of garbage collection from waste-bins installed at different places, is posing an environmental threat.

The garbage collection methods adversely impact the health concern of citizens from the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

The over-stuffed dumpsters, filled to the top with rubbish and garbage, with spilled out trash emerge as breeding grounds for various diseases. The situation calls for adequate and immediate measures that will play a part in rectify the garbage collection process.

Director Sanitation of Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad, Sardar Khan Zimri said that the corporation was taking different steps to keep the city clean and it aims to fully utilise resources at its disposal.

He said the administration was also considering the option of outsourcing the trash-picking task to a private company as that would further streamlining the cleaning process in twin cities.

Additionally, the corporation has been busy working out multiple options to recycle the garbage and utilise it for constructive purposes like energy generation and production of organic fertilizers.

The Director informed that the MCI has been also holding consultations with different stakeholders, in order to ensure efficient waste disposal system so it can be managed without creating a negative impact on the environment and the general public health.

The outsourcing scheme was already operational in F-Sector series as pilot project that had given positive results, director sanitation MCI added.

Zimri regretted that the same project was put on hold due to paucity of funds a year ago and hoped “it will not face any hurdle this time on account of power transition between MCI and CDA.”

Responding to a question he said, “We avoid placing these boxes before school buildings, worshiping places and homes.”

“We prefer to place them on street corners and collect 50 per cent of the garbage from the city on daily basis besides disposing off the remaining as per set procedure,” the MCI official explained.

Muhammad Tufail, a retired employee in I-9/4 sector called for placing at least two waste-containers around the corner of each street in the sector so it lends some relief to the residents.

Azam Baloch, resident of Sector G-6 said he has been perturbed by the dumpster placed in front of his home. “These waste-bins must be placed out of residential areas as these eventually affect health of a locality”, he added.

Spokesperson of Poly-Clinic Islamabad, Dr Sharif Astori termed it a bad example in realm of sanitation rules as it affects human health. It also affects animals, digging out rubbish, which spreads bacterias and viruses in a locality, he added.

“This uncovered garbage makes the public prone to the seasonal diseases including diarrhea, gastro and especially skin problems,” he added.

He also called for measures to stop the practices of sorting out garbage, usually done by gypsies in the federal capital. He also asked that insecticide or lime-powder be applied on these over-stuffed dumpster.

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