Yangon rubbish piles up

Yangon residents are producing more rubbish and there are fewer places to put it, officials warn. According to a two-year survey carried out by the municipality, lifestyle changes are responsible for some of the increase, which has been exacerbated by a rise in population. Using data collected between November 2015 and February covering 4,666,721 people […]

Authorities losing the battle against betel

It’s enough to make you want to spit. Efforts by Yangon city authorities to control the “undisciplined” ejection of crimson betel juice are just not working, officials say. First they tried placing plastic boxes filled with sand at junctions and bus-stops. Their latest scheme is the distribution of more than 100,000 red plastic bags, into […]

Yangon to Get First Waste-to-Energy Plant by 2017

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) will build a small waste-to-energy plant worth $16.2 million in cooperation with Japan, a top official said. Construction of the machine, which has the capacity to burn 60 tonnes of trash, will start this month, said U Aung Myint Maw, deputy director of Environment and Cleaning Department, YCDC. The […]

YCDC looks to private sector to solve trash problem

Yangon is handing over its massive trash problem to the highest bidder. The city plans to privatise its trash collection services as the understaffed public cleaning team can’t keep pace with rapid urbanisation and its accompanying swells of rubbish. A list of the top bids for the waste collection contract has been submitted to the […]