Stuffed garbage dumpsters causing environmental, health issues

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ISLAMABAD, Jun 24 (APP):Improper garbage collection from waste-bins, installed at different places ,
is gradually becoming an environmental threat, eventually creating health
issues for residents of the federal capital.
These over-stuffed dumpsters, with pouring out rubbish and garbage, are
somehow becoming breeding grounds for diseases which calls for immediate
measures to rectify the situation.
Talking to APP, Director Sanitation of Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad
Sardar Khan Zimri said that the Corporation was taking different measures to
keep the city clean by fully utilizing resources at its disposal.
He said the administration was also planning to outsource trash-picking
to a private company for further streamlining the cleaning process.
Additionally, the Corporation was working out different options to recycle
the garbage and utilize it for a constructive purpose like energy generation
and making organic fertilizers.
The Director informed that the MCI was in the process of consultation
with different entities, for the waste disposal without impacting the environment
and general health.
The outsourcing scheme was already operational in F-Sector series as
pilot project that had given positive results, he 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 to put these boxes before
school, worshiping places and homes.” ” We prefer to place them on street
corners and collect 50 per cent garbage on daily basis besides disposing
off the remaining as per set procedure.”
Muhammad Tufail, a retired employee in I-9/4 sector called for placing
at least two waste-containers around each street to ensure relief to the
residents.
Azam Baloch from 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 of sanitation rules which 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 refraining gypsies from sorting out garbage, besides
applying insecticide or lime-powder on these over-stuffed dumpster.