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Litter around Male' increases, rubbish remains uncollected

Large amounts of litter remain accumulated in many areas of Male’, uncollected by the Waste Management Corporation (WAMCO).

Rae Munavvar
18 May 2018, MVT 10:45
WAMCO GARBAGE LEFT ON ROADS
Rae Munavvar
18 May 2018, MVT 10:45

Large amounts of litter are reported to be accumulated in many areas of Male’, due to not having been collected by the Waste Management Corporation (WAMCO).

WAMCO has stated that its official hours for waste collection for the month of Ramadan in Male’, Hulhumale’ and Villingili areas were between 8:00 pm to 12:00 pm.

Garbage left uncollected on the roads by WAMCO. PHOTO: MIHAARU

Garbage left uncollected on the roads by WAMCO. PHOTO: MIHAARU

However, by the first of Ramadan 2018 (as it is recognized by the Maldives), many homes in Male’ and Hulhumale’ have reported that WAMCO had not collected their trash.

Owed perhaps in part to the nation’s festivities in marking the first of the holy month, large quantities of rubbish were found disposed of on the streets, filling and blocking the corners of certain roads and alleyways. Much of the litter was identified as food and other perishables, copious amounts of which were seen spilled out onto the streets and emitting foul odors.

Garbage bags seen on Male' , some spilling onto the street. Pictured 17 May 2018. PHOTO: MIHAARU

According to sources from WAMCO, waste was collected last night from a number of homes. Yet, when questioned about the uncollected bags of rubbish left out on the streets, the company requested that the query be put through via a letter during official hours.

While many continue to criticize how the holy month commenced with an increase in litter on the streets, others are expressing concern regarding the allocated hours of service and a resultant low probability of collecting such large amounts of waste within a respectively short period of time.

Large amounts of litter block sidewalks and fill street corners. PHOTO: MIHAARU

Waste Collection Times: The allocated times for waste collection from homes in Male’, Hulhumale’ and Villimale’ areas are from 8:00 pm to 12:00 pm while the waste is collected from shops and offices from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and from 8:00 pm to 3:30 am.

Large amounts of waste make its way onto the roads. PHOTO: MIHAARU.

For homes, shops and offices located in Addu City:

Waste is collected from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm to 12:00 am.

For homes, shops and offices located in Fuvahmulak:

Waste is collected from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Though the litter problem remains significant, it should be noted that this is in fact, the first Ramadan since WAMCO’s services came into effect.

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