Private waste management coming to Mandalay

Mandalay City Development Committee will put out a tender later this month for rubbish collection in the city.

A senior official from the committee’s Cleaning Department said companies will be invited in late February to submit proposals for taking on rubbish collection responsibilities.

Mandalay current generates 750-800 tonnes a day of hard rubbish and the department’s budget for vehicles and workers is about K140 million a year. Handing over responsibility to the private sector would improve the efficiency of waste management, Cleaning Department boss U Nay Win Myint said, adding that consumers would likely face more fines for breaching municipal rules. The Cleaning Department collected just K4.9 million in fines in 2012-13 but has already pulled in K17 million in 2013-14.

“If [the contract] is transferred to the private sector there will be more fines and taxes for households,” he said. “There will be a range of taxes for houses, street-shops and restaurants. But rubbish collection will be free of charge for monasteries, charity clinics and social organisations.”

He said there was already strong interest from the private sector and one company, Sein Yay Kan, is conducting a feasibility study in two townships.

“This company made a 30-yearcontract with Kengtung city for private hard rubbish waste collection and disposal and is approaching other cities, including Muse and Taunggyi,” U Nay Win Myint said.

But the tender will be open to all, he said. “Sein Yay Kan and other interested companies will be able to compete.”

MCDC has already signed a deal for one private sector waste management project, which will see rubbish converted to electric power. A Thai company, Organic Asia Group, will set up a US$44 million factory on a 29.32-acre site. However, the project has stalled because of the political situation in Thailand, U Nay Win Myint said.

Daw Kyi Kyi Sein, a retired Myanmar language professor from the University of Foreign Languages in Mandalay, said she wasn’t concerned about having to pay for improved service.

“I want a more effective way of removing rubbish, such as that used in Japan,” she said. “Over there they have different days for the collection of different types of rubbish.”

Source: Myanmar Times

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