Private rubbish collection scheme scrapped

Yangon City Development Corporation has scrapped the plan to hand over garbage collection to private companies as about 80.2 per cent of Yangon residents oppose it.

The YCDC invited bids from private garbage collectors and the regional parliament scrutinised seven applications, before selecting Zeya & Associates Co and Australia-based TYTC Waste Equipment.

Following opposition from Yangon residents, YCDC called for the public opinion survey, saying that it would not privatise the service if the people did not agree to the plan.

The opinion polls found only 19.8 per cent of residents backed the plan. The YCDC would therefore continue to collect garbage, said an official from the environmental conservation and sanitation department.

The plan would have raised fees from Ks600 to Ks1,600 for downtown residents; Ks450 to Ks1,400 for less central townships and from Ks300 to Ks1,200 for the suburbs.

The official added: “We will upgrade the garbage collection system. Over the past two years, the YCDC substituted garbage tanks with bins. We are starting to adopt a system to directly carry bins by truck. Cleaners will not need to collect litter. We plan to buy new trucks and bins.”

Yangon produces 1,600 tonnes of trash per day. The YCDC collects garbage two times daily. The YCDC only manages to collect garbage collection fees from around 300,000 out of more than 700,000 households.

The privatisation plan has faced strong opposition. Opponents were worried that the privatisation may lead to layoffs of waste collectors as well as the increasing collection fees.

Zeya and Associates were earlier awarded the project to run the service in Yangon’s east and south while Australia-based TYTC Waste Equipment to cover the west and north.

Source: Myanmar Eleven

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